Podcast | The future of election security and access in Washington state

New Secretary of State Steve Hobbs discusses his plans to fight misinformation and what the failure to pass voting rights legislation means for our state.

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Ballots being processed

Election workers process ballots at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Jovelle Tamayo for Crosscut)

Election security has been making a lot of headlines recently, but the integrity of the ballot has been an issue for more than five years now. 

It has become a major course of national anxiety and, for some, Washington state is a kind of antidote. The state's mail-in voting system was viewed as a model during the 2020 election for states looking at ways to assure access and security for their voters. 


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As Washington's newly appointed secretary of state, Steve Hobbs is responsible for  maintaining that reputation while advancing efforts to bolster cybersecurity and fighting misinformation. 

For this week's episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, Hobbs discusses his plans for the office, the threats Washington state faces and how the failure to pass voting rights legislation at the federal level impacts his work at the state level.

About the Hosts

Mark Baumgarten

Mark Baumgarten

Mark Baumgarten is the managing editor at Crosscut and KCTS 9.