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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman calls threat to elections director 'unacceptable'

Wyman presided over Washington's Electoral College vote. The state's 12 electors cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

OLYMPIA, Wash — On the day that Washington's electors cast their votes for President-Elect Joe Biden, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman condemned a website targeting Elections Director Lori Augino.

"It's unacceptable," Wyman said. "This has to stop."

The Republican said the website that posted information on Augino and other elections officials around the country has been reported to the federal Department of Homeland Security. The website included Augino's home address and crosshairs over her photo.

Wyman said her office, along with elections officials around the country, have been threatened and criticized by people who have been questioning the integrity of the November election.

Local elections officials throughout the country, as well as federal agencies, have said there has been no credible evidence of widespread fraud, despite the claims of President Donald Trump and some of his supporters.

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Wyman said the threat were on her mind when she got choked up presiding over the state's Electoral College vote Monday afternoon.

"This is getting me today," said Wyman holding back tears during the ceremony's opening remarks.

"While some people continue to call into question the outcome of this election, average citizens from all walks of life will step up today to exercise their responsibility to perform their constitutional duty to the best of their abilities," Wyman said.

Washington's 12 electors on Monday unanimously cast their votes for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who won 58% of the state's vote last month.

The votes were part of the Electoral College votes being cast across the country.

Nationally, there are 538 electors who vote on the president and vice president. A candidate must receive 270 of the 538 total electoral votes to become president. Democrat Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election with 306 Electoral College votes, while President Donald Trump finished with 232.

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