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Elections expert Katie Blinn headed for new job

OLYMPIA -- Katie Blinn, an elections' law expert with two secretaries of state who helped guide legislators away from bad changes to electoral law, is leaving for a new post.

Blinn will leave her current job on Jan. 15 to become an assistant attorney general in the Labor and Personnel Division.

Over the years, Blinn was a frequent voice of reason in legislative hearings on various proposals to change of voter laws. She could explain why some nice-sounding ideas were dumber than a box of rocks without making the sponsor look like a total moron.

In 2010, Blinn was tasked with the job of explaining to FOX News why Washington state wasn't cheating the troops overseas who wanted to vote just because it received a waiver from the Pentagon to a rule that said ballots had to be in the mail 45 days before election day. She patiently tried to explain a fairly simple answer, that Washington state counts ballots for 21 days after the election, so even with the waiver, troops had 51 days -- 30 before the election and 21 after.

Unfortunately for Blinn, Megyn Kelly's talking points didn't include time to listen to the answers to her questions, or to do the math. You can watch the clip here. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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