Wednesday, December 29, 2004

In Washington State's Governor's Race, They Do

In Henry IV, Shakespeare has this exchange:

GLENDOWER: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

HOTSPUR: Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?

Apparently the King County elections department has the conjurers' art down pat (from Sound Politics):

King County is still unable to provide conclusive information to validate their vote count.

The voter file, which I obtained earlier today, contains the names of only 895,660 voters recorded as voting on Nov. 2, a significant discrepancy from its hand recount certified total of 899,199.

The Elections Office informed me that they're still doing "quality control" and adding in the names of some of the absentee voters. Even that wouldn't explain the entire discrepancy, as there appear to be discrepancies with the polling place and provisional vote counts as well. I've asked the Elections Office for further clarification and will convey their explanation as soon as I recieve one.

Also, they have not yet released the full precinct canvass for the manual recount, as they did for the first count and the machine recount.

Democrat Christine Gregoire has a mere 130 vote lead over Republican Dino Rossi after the hand recount.

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