By Ken Stern 

Open government for all

From the editor —


August 9, 2022

What was going to be a standard and straightforward story extolling the integrity of the vote counting process by staff at the Skagit County Office of Elections and open government with the attendant citizen volunteer Democrat and Republican observers has turned into this lament and surprise in decisions made by staff at the county auditor's office.

The back story starts with the Weekly News staff story development meeting listing assignments. With the Aug. 2 primary election looming – and the paper's ever present concern for integrity and democracy – staff agreed that this stor...

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