Wednesday, January 05, 2005

King County Elections Official: "We toopid!"

It would now seem to beyond any reasonable doubt that the Washington State gubernatorial election is illegitimate:

An unknown number of provisional voters, some of whom may not even have been registered to vote, improperly put their ballots directly into vote-counting machines at polling places, King County's elections superintendent said yesterday.

Once those ballots went into the machines, there was no way to separate them from legitimate ballots.

Note that the official admitting this is the highest election's authority in that county.

Does it matter? Well, Democrat Christine Gregoire held a mere 129 vote lead statewide over her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi--after a hand recount of King County's votes increased her lead in that county by about 200 votes. Well below the excess of votes counted in that county alone:

Provisional ballots are given on Election Day to voters who show up at the wrong precinct or whose registration is in question. The ballots are supposed to be put inside two envelopes, with the voter's name, address and signature on the outside, and counted only after the voter's status is verified.

Officials may never know exactly how many provisional ballots were improperly fed into voting machines, but....

Miscast provisional votes could be one reason the number of ballots counted in King County outnumbered the list of voters who voted by 3,539.

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