Kennewick’s Klippert Keen on Culture Cancelling WA’s Mail-In Vote
Claiming he has "reasonable suspicion" there is widespread Washington voter fraud, but declining to provide even one specific example other than it's "possible to photocopy ballots and turn them in," 8th District state of Washington Rep. Brad Klippert (R-Kenn.) says he's undeterred his bill stalled and he will continue to fight to return Washington's Election Day voting back to in-person at polling booths and do away with voting my mail entirely.
Klippert said he began to lose faith in the mail-in-ballot process beginning with the state race for Governor in 2004 when Republican Dino Rossi lost a razor thin contest after two machine recounts and a paid-for hand recount to Democrat Christine Gregoire.
House Bill 1377, introduced in late January by Klippert and joined by five other GOP members as co-sponsors, never made it through committee before the February 15th deadline.
On January 11, 2021, Klippert sponsored House Bill 1003 requiring water marks on mail-in ballots. You can follow the progress of that, here.
Klippert said, "From everything I've seen, my belief is that fraud in our voting system is widespread. The voters deserve to have an elections system that is without fraud. We must have fairness. We must have honesty and we must have transparency."
Never mind that fellow Republicans like Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton and Benton County Auditor Brenda Chilton have all indicated the elections were secure and fair. Chilton said, "There was no public indication that there were major problems in 2020. I think because of the national narrative the confidence in elections took a big hit."
Wyman said, "These unsubstantiated allegations, especially in the case of GOP gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp, were without merit and created confusion among Washington voters. I welcome anyone who has questions about Washington's elections processes or who has substantive evidence of fraud to reach out to my office."