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Under threat of lawsuit, WA Secretary of State sends correction letter to Spanish speaking voters

Nov 1, 2016

Under threat of lawsuit, Washington's secretary of state is sending a correction letter to voters who speak and read Spanish.

In the Washington voter's guide, the Spanish translation inaccurately said people who are under supervision for a crime are not allowed to vote. The truth is only people under state supervision for a felony crime are not eligible.

Monday, the state's Democratic Party threatened to sue Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman if she didn't mail the correction letters.

Wyman said she thinks the Democratic party is trying to gain political headline by calling out the problem so close to Election Day.

Wyman: "I want to make sure that every single voter in this state has the opportunity to participate by November 8. But the partisanship that’s being introduced here is on a new level, and it’s disappointing because the secretary of state’s office needs to be above partisanship.”

Wyman is up for re-election, running against Democrat Tina Podlodowski. Podlodowski said the voter pamphlet error was part of a pattern of voter suppression by the secretary of state's office.

Wyman and her legal staff have decided to send out a correction to anyone who received the voters' guide in Spanish. That's 136,000 people.