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October 26, 2020


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We live in a time when we are inundated by information 24/7.  While I appreciate being able to access reliable information quickly, I am increasingly concerned at the way information is being manufactured, manipulated and targeted at specific slices of the population for commercial and political purposes.

This is more of a concern than ever before, as research has shown that misinformation about COVID-19 has gained a foothold in the public mind.  In addition, we are in the midst of an election, and potential voters have been subject to misleading – and potentially disenfranchising – information about the candidates, election security and voting information.

The Secretary of State held a news conference today on the topic of misinformation about the elections.  See this Seattle Times article for more information: Wyman urges Washington state voters to report emails or posts of election misinformation.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov. 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.