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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature. Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

Washington, Oregon Secretaries Of State React To Trump Voter Fraud Investigation

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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, left, and Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

President Donald Trump wants a “major investigation” into voter fraud during the 2016 election. But Washington Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Wednesday that she’s seen no evidence of illegal voting.

In a statement, Wyman said she takes “any allegations of voter fraud seriously” and is eager to review evidence the president or his investigation might uncover. But Wyman said at this point she’s confident Washington’s voting system is secure and says “there is no evidence that illegal voting took place anywhere in our state during the 2016 election.”

During the election last fall Wyman raised concerns about the fact that Washington does not require proof of citizenship to vote and called for a change to the law. But Wyman said in her statement there are other safeguards in place to prevent illegal voting.

Oregon’s newly elected Republican Secretary of State is Dennis Richardson. He tweeted earlier today that his office is “willing to review evidence of voter fraud” but added “our experts report extreme integrity of registration, voting.”

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."