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Washington state Republican voting official could be a top choice for Biden administration election security post

Republican Kim Wyman, the Washington state Secretary of State, is reportedly being selected by the Biden administration for a top elections security position.
Republican Kim Wyman, the Washington state Secretary of State, is reportedly being selected by the Biden administration for a top elections security position.

The West Coast’s only Republican statewide office holder may be headed to a post with the Biden administration. CNN is reporting that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is likely to be named to a top election security role in the Department of Homeland Security.

The West Coast’s only Republican in statewide office could be headed to a post with the Biden administration.

CNN is reporting that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is likely to be named to a top election security role in the Department of Homeland Security.

According to CNN, Wyman would join the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Her job would be to protect future elections from foreign and domestic interference.

Wyman has gained national attention for her defense of mail-in voting. In an August 2020 interview with NPR, Wyman responded to a pre-election tweet from then President Donald Trump that said vote-by-mail would make the 2020 election “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history.”

“It concerns me because I think it really shatters people’s confidence in the process and if voters don’t believe the election was fair they don’t believe the results and ultimately that means they don’t believe the people who won the election were legitimately elected,” she said.

Wyman’s office said it cannot confirm CNN’s reporting. Biden administration officials also would not confirm the CNN report, which was based on unnamed sources.

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Austin Jenkins
Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."