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UCLA VRP Challenge to Discriminatory Signature Matching in Yakima, Benton, and Chelan Counties, Washington Press Release

Posted → May 07th, 2021

Yakima, Benton, and Chelan counties in Washington are disproportionately disqualify Latino votes at triple the rate of other groups.

Pattern

Overview:

Washington elections are only done through mail-in ballots and Latinos are getting disproportionately affected at high rates. In fact, Latinos were 3.9 times more likely to be rejected than white voters in Yakima County, 3.2 times more likely to be rejected in Chelan County for perceived signature mismatch, and 3 times more likely in Benton County.

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