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November 20, 2004
Potential vote fraud alert: When is a blank ballot a problem?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, WA Governor's Race

A blank voting ballot is a problem when it is stored in an unsealed container within the same secured storage area that the sealed marked ballots are stored in - prior to the conmmencement of a recount.

Such is the case right now in the King County storage area in Washington state where we await a recount beginning November 20 in the too, too close gubernatorial race yet to be decided here.

Chrisvance In a televised public confrontation Friday evening, Chris Vance, Washington Republican chairman, challenged the county elections director to count the blank ballots, seal them and openly move the boxes of open blank ballots into a nearby storage closet or other sealed enclosure so that they can be formally controlled during the recount process. The marked, sealed ballot boxes for King County are stored inside of a chain-link fenced-in area with a gate and a padlock (inside a larger warehouse). Within that enclosed area, on shelving in unsealed boxes are blank ballots for this election.

Blank ballots may be needed during the recount process to replace a ballot damaged by a counting machine. During recount operations such actions are managed by auditors with observers from both parties to insure complete integrity.

The problem with the current situation is that, though access to the caged area is limited to elections staff, most of the elections staff are Democrats and it is possible for someone to enter the caged area alone.

As of the evening of November 19, the King County elections director has refused to secure the blank ballots saying that blank ballots could not be secreted into the sealed marked ballot boxes because they are sealed and only opened in the presence of observers.

He wasn't asked what would keep someone from opening a sealed ballot box, if they had already entered the fenced-in area and filled in a blank ballot for the purpose of fraudulently impacting the recount - or whether blank seals are also stored in this area.

Local news story here.


UPDATE: Reader Josef (A Kerry supporter, proud Dinocrat, and concerned citizen about the sanctity of the election process) points out a further statement by Chris Vance in reference to the blank ballot situation in the AP story here (free registration required) and he later blogs this.

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Go see when you can - this is now on the AP wires!

EMCEE: Thanks Josef, I updated the post to reflect your comment.

Posted by: Josef at Nov 20, 2004 6:26:32 PM

Well, things have gotten even more interesting tonight and you can visit for the latest.

EMCEE: I referenced this one as well. Good work on this Josef.

Posted by: Josef at Nov 20, 2004 9:23:01 PM

Hey, thanks for the kind words and the updates. I'm doing my last update for the night. Check back in about 15 minutes after I post this. I also just got a visitor from here - THANKS!

Posted by: Josef at Nov 21, 2004 11:57:44 PM

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