Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton Receives Voter Outreach Award from WA Secretary of State!
Matt Beaton and the Franklin County Elections Department received the Washington Secretary of State Voter Outreach Award. The award given annually recognizes outstanding efforts to increase voter participation and to better educate the electorate through voter outreach.
Beaton and staff were recognized for their use of technology and the innovative “Vote It, Sign It, Send It” awareness campaign in the 2012 Presidential Election cycle. Additionally, Franklin County was ranked #1 in Washington State for the increase in registered voters by the PEW Charitable Trusts. Franklin County increased voter registration 24% from 2008 to 2012.
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The Elections Department is a part of the Franklin County Auditor's office. We are responsible for administering elections in the county for all federal, state, county, municipal, and special districts. Elections typically occur four times per year in February, March, August, and in November.
In conjunction with running elections, the department is also responsible for voter registration. Each of the county's estimated 29,300 registered voters must be assigned a voting precinct based on their residence address. As voters change addresses or district lines move, the voter registration files must be updated.
Franklin County is a vote-by-mail county. All eligible voters automatically receive a ballot in the mail at least 18 days prior to an election.