Vicky Dalton

Elected officials all over the U.S. are asking questions about the security of America’s elections system. More than 20 states, including Washington, have confirmed outside attempts to get access to their electoral information.

In Spokane County, the top elections official says her office is working with the state to make sure the local system is as protected as it can be.

Spokane County elections officials are struggling to comply with a new state law that requires the county to install several more drop boxes for election ballots. The new law was approved last year by the Washington legislature, but didn’t include any money to help cover counties’ costs.

New Spokane County Commissioner Sworn In

Sep 29, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

New Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney was was given the oath of office Friday by her now former boss, county Auditor Vicky Dalton.

Kuney was Dalton’s chief deputy in the auditor’s office.

The Coast Guard is enforcing new standards that require many boat owners around the nation to get new hull identification numbers, or HINs, for their boats. A HIN is the nautical version of the vehicle identification number, or the VIN, on a car or truck.

USA Today

Every piece of legislation considered by a body of elected officials has some kind of back story. Sometimes a bill is sparked by an idea from a constituent. That was the case with one bill (Senate Bill 5472) now waiting for Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. It started with an innocuous question about election drop boxes.