“The president should be doing less to suppress our votes and more to suppress the COVID-19 virus,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Monday.
The statement was made in response to the Trump administration’s actions to limit the ability of the US Postal Service to process vote-by-mail ballots.
Governor Inslee called mail-in ballots the “easiest, safest, most reliable voting method there is” and stated that Washington’s vote-by-mail system has “worked well for years without incident.”
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“Unfortunately, we cannot take this for granted in light of the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress the votes of the American people. We are witnessing an unprecedented and brazen attack unlike anything we have ever seen, and we can no longer trust this administration to stand up for a free and fair election,” he said. “Washingtonians across our state are rightfully outraged and we must continue to be vigilant to ensure every community, every voice and every vote counts.”
Governor Inslee said that he will do everything in his power to ensure that Washingtonians will be able to access the full range of USPS services, “especially their constitutional right to participate in state, local and federal elections.”
He currently has Attorney General Bob Ferguson working to “support our rights” and “explore all ways to protect our voting rights in Washington.”