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December 14, 2004
WA Governor's Race: State Supremes Won't Help Dems Either
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Refusing to join the Democrat's passage down the slippery slope in the Dem's attack on the Washington electorate, the Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously rejected (requires free registration) their petition to resurrect disqualified ballots for the manual recount.

The decision was perhaps telegraphed yesterday in the tough questioning from the justices during oral argument.

Did this decision put an end to Democrat shenanigans? Of course not. Yesterday King County 'found' 561 ballots that it says were "wrongfully rejected because of mistakes by election workers."

Perhaps they didn't read the decision by the Supreme Court which stated in part: "ballots are to be 'retabulated' only if they have been previously counted or tallied" as an interpretation of state law - no penumbra needed.

I hope the Republican party and the Rossi campaign will move to have the Supreme Court decision implemented in King County's case before Dean Logan mixes in 561 ballots that were NOT "previously counted or tallied."

The court specifically addresses the issues of ballots rejected in King County in their decision:

Petitioners also seem to suggest that recanvassing of rejected ballots is necessary because the methods employed by King County to allow voters to rehabilitate rejected absentee and provisional ballots run afoul of Washington’s statutory and regulatory scheme. But we find no support for this notion. We note that the county gave absentee voters who failed to sign their ballot affidavits until 4:30 p.m. on November 16, 2004, the day before certification, to sign and return the affidavits, in accordance with WAC 434-240-235. And although this regulation does not require as much, the county likewise permitted absentee voters with problem signatures until 4:30 p.m. on November 16 to provide an updated signature. The county’s procedure for handling signature problems with respect to provisional ballots, which also specified a deadline of 4:30 p.m. on November 16, appears to comport with pertinent regulations and federal law, and petitioners do not persuasively suggest otherwise. Although, as petitioners point out, RCW 29A.60.190(1) provides that the election results should include absentee ballots postmarked on or before the date of the election and received on or before the date of certification, this statute does not address how ballots rejected for missing or invalid signatures are to be handled. (Ed. italics added)

Has November 16th passed? Yet Dean Logan is talking about giving people another opportunity to verify their signature in mid-December. Please shut them down.

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Yeah, well as I sit here in Skagit County trying with all my self-discipline not to recommend a revote in Skagit County due to unsealed ballots (and therefore the wildest fantasies of a political junkie) - I NOW agree with Kirby Wilbur that we need to stop this, we need to have "Governor Dean" Logan offer his resignation and sword on bended knee to the King County Council and move forward. We don't need "Governor Dean" Logan being "Governor Dean"...

NOTE TO THOSE WHO NOTED THAT Y-DAY, I ENDORSED DEAN'S ACTIONS: See Dinocrats, unlike Gregocrats and some Bush supporters and Admin members and of course the United Nations leadership, believe in evidence-based decision-making. We can change our minds when we see the faults of our arguments.

EMCEE: Josef, you still look a little more 'red' to me each day :). I appreciate your response to evidence. Now, let's get our Republican leadership to do the same.

Posted by: Josef at Dec 14, 2004 1:32:25 PM

Yeah, well I am RED WITH RAGE!


I'm just fuming mad... after what Kirby Wilbur explained this morning to me that this was against the law (and he's been rather cool thru this) - I just want to explode.

How come it is that 90, if not 95, percent of the snafus happen in King County and always for the blonde bimbo?

Posted by: Josef at Dec 14, 2004 6:35:07 PM

Did you hear?
Can you guess?

Yes! Additional ballots were "found" in the bottom of a King county ballot box. I wish I was kidding. Watch for 22 more "disenfranchised" voters in the news. From what I heard on KPAM the "found" 561 ballots were recounted, and guess what? That's right! The count is now up to 577. And if that isn't enough there are always those 22 poor souls who were "disenfranchised" by King county. They have 22 cards up their sleeve and 577 rabbits in their hat.

If I heard right, the new count should be 599 "discovered" ballots in King county.

Posted by: Splatter at Dec 14, 2004 7:29:09 PM

I was wrong, the King county "found" count is 595.. for now.

Posted by: Splatter at Dec 14, 2004 10:41:29 PM

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