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WA Governor's Race: Dems say dismiss, judge says deny
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Washington state GOP Chairman provided this update for the end of the week in the election contest trial - the trial resumes on Tuesday, May, 31st.

Trial Update: Republicans Lay Out Major Arguments in

Governor’s Election Challenge

Earlier today, Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges denied a motion by the Democrats to dismiss the Republicans’ election contest.  The ruling was yet another defeat for the Democrats, who have attempted to suppress evidence and witnesses throughout the week.

Republican lawyers presented the following arguments against the motion to dismiss:

-       Evidence shows that 789 felons, dead people, and double-voters illegally voted in the 2004 election.  People who cast ballots in the names of dead people, or convicted felons who voted without their rights restored, and those who voted more than once, did so illegally.

-       King County cannot reconcile its voting records. 1,156 more ballots were counted by Accuvote machines at polling places throughout the county than can be attached to any voters.

-      875 more absentee ballots were counted in King County than voters documented as having voted.  In addition, King County Absentee Ballot Supervisor Nicole Way acknowledged that the County did not know how many absentee ballots were returned and that the system could not keep track of ballots.

-      King County could not provide an audit trail of the number of ballots printed, issued, or returned.  The absentee ballot report, which included numbers that the people who composed it knew were not accurate, was submitted to the canvassing board without the board's knowledge.

-      Because of the major discrepancies and errors which are well outside the margin of 129 vote victory; no one knows who received the most votes in the governor’s election.

-      This case has similar circumstances to those of Foulkes v Hayes.  They share the same construction, in that if neglect of elections officials renders it impossible to know who received the most legal votes, then the election must be set aside. The same conditions can be seen in this case: neglect and error by elections officials produced 785 unverified provisional ballots, a surplus of 875 absentee ballots, 96 uncounted absentee ballots, and hundreds more improperly counted poll ballots.

-      The “proportional deduction” method that was presented in court and was approved by two noted professors, has been used by U.S. Congress and jurisdictions around the country to determine the outcome of other close elections.  Applying this method, Dino Rossi wins.

-      The Democrats’ contention that the names of people who voted illegally needs to be known is a "tortured reading of contest statute", inconsistent with the Foulkes case.  Under the Democrats interpretation of the law, it would be impossible to contest an election based on the stuffing of ballot boxes, because it would be impossible to attach names to the illegally added ballots.

-      If the court had dismissed this case, with such knowledge of overwhelming error and neglect, the State of Washington would no longer have had a meaningful election contest statue.

On the Dem claim that names of people who voted illegally need to be known also violates the secrecy of the ballot. There is no possible interpretation of any law that would abrogate the guarantee of ballot secrecy.

Perhaps the Democrats would like to have their own Vote Police at the polling places that will record your name and go with you into the ballot box and record your ballot as well.

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