Thurston County Electoral Officer wins state honor


Ballots for the November 2, 2021 general election are compiled at the Thurston County Ballot Processing Center in Tumwater. Thurston County Chief Electoral Officer Tillie Naputi-Pullar is the 2021 Election Employee of the Year, according to the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office.

Thurston County Chief Electoral Officer Tillie Naputi-Pullar, perhaps better known as “Tillie,” is the 2021 Election Worker of the Year, according to the state secretary’s office. from Washington.

Naputi-Pullar had already received the award in 2014 as well.

“Tillie is the model for an election administrator in Washington state,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “His example of professionalism, attention to detail and support for many county election administrators goes a long way in keeping our elections free, fair, safe and secure.”

The Thurston County Auditor’s Electoral Division also recently received two awards for its expanded election observer program. They received a National Association of Counties Achievement Award and an honorable mention in Outstanding Innovations in Elections from the US Election Assistance Commission, according to a press release.

The expanded election observer program was set up after an increase in inquiries regarding the processing of ballots in the 2020 presidential election.

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