How often is the voter registration database updated?

Constantly!  Information used to maintain the database includes address forwarding information from the United States Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, Washington State Department of Health, local obituaries, Electronic Registration Information Center “ERIC” reports, The Washington State Department of Corrections and of course voters themselves.  Many times, the reason you receive a replacement or reissued ballot is because an elections official found something in your registration that needed correcting or updating.  If this discovery was made during a voting period, the system will automatically generate a new ballot – even if there are no actual changes to the ballot. 

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1. What is the statewide voter registration database?
2. Who maintains the voter registration database?
3. How often is the voter registration database updated?
4. What happens when a ballot is received by an Elections Office?
5. Why might someone get a second ballot?
6. How close to an election can I change my voter registration information?
7. If I have already returned my ballot and its been “accepted” will a second ballot be issued if I update my voter registration information?
8. What is a replacement ballot?
9. What is a reissued ballot?
10. What happens when a second ballot is issued?
11. What happens if I only return the first ballot?
12. What happens if I return both?
13. Are there ever mistakes?
14. What are some other security measures to make sure that votes are being properly counted?
15. What should a voter do if they believe the received a ballot in error?
16. Where can I get more information on the voting process in Washington State?