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Election offices in three states received suspicious envelopes containing powdery substances, leading to evacuations.
The Secretary of State’s office in Washington reported that on Thursday, envelopes with an “unknown powdery substance” were sent to offices in four counties: King, Pierce, Spokane, and Skagit, necessitating evacuations for safety reasons.
Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs commented on the incidents, labeling them as acts of terrorism aimed at the electoral process and calling for increased protection for election workers. The press release also referenced similar occurrences in Washington during the state’s August 1 primary, where envelopes sent to King County and Okanogan County election officials were found to contain, in one instance, trace amounts of fentanyl.
In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reported a similar threat after an envelope intended for Fulton County tested positive for fentanyl, condemning the act as domestic terrorism.
In Oregon, the Lane County Elections Office in Eugene also received a suspicious mail piece, which is currently under investigation. Spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge expressed her concern over the attempt to intimidate election staff and hoped for accountability for these actions.
The series of incidents has resulted in the FBI investigating whether these were isolated incidents or part of a more extensive operation.