Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall was named the 2020 Auditor of the Year by Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
Wyman presented the award to Hall during the 2021 Washington Association of County Auditors annual meeting held earlier this month, stated a news release.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the auditor’s office held a drive-thru Voting Center on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College.
“When it became evident COVID-19 would pose significant obstacles to voter access and safety, Auditor Hall stepped up to coordinate a safe place for her staff and Thurston County voters,” Wyman said. “From organizing a drive-up service, to equipping staff with necessary PPE to keep them and customers safe at all times, her team took every precaution to prepare for the influx of in-person activity.”
Hall said she didn’t earn the award by herself.
“The staff we have at the auditor’s office are a dedicated and unique group,” she said. “We knew we had to pivot hard at the beginning of the pandemic. They did not blink for a second.”
The drive-thru model at the college was later used by the county’s public health department to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.
Wyman pointed out Hall’s legislative record, which included an effort to secure state funding for elections and expand access to the ballot, stated the release.
“Aside from her many preparations for the 2020 election, Auditor Hall remains a leader in legislative efforts related to elections and is committed to sharing with legislators and the public the painstaking work of election officials to keep our elections free, fair and secure,” Wyman said.
Hall was also considered instrumental in passing same day voter registration, expanding automatic voter registration, pre-registration and universal registration. The tools made voting in Washington the most accessible and secure in the country, stated the release.
Hall was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Service last year and the Heavy Hitter Award by her fellow county auditors to recognize her legislative efforts.