April 2, 2005


King County discovers 87 more untallied ballots (Keith Ervin and David Postman, 4/02/05, THE SEATTLE TIMES)

King County elections worker Mikki Asmundson double-checks absentee-ballot envelopes for possible uncounted ballots yesterday.

Long after it seemed there couldn't be any more surprises in the November governor's election, King County officials acknowledged yesterday they have found more uncounted ballots.

Over the past week, election workers have found 87 valid absentee ballots that had been left in their envelopes and not counted through three tallies of the closest statewide race in Washington history. The ballots were in archival boxes and were found when election workers were looking for something else.

The first of the ballots were found March 24, but officials did not publicly acknowledge the problem until a reporter asked them about it yesterday. After the initial discovery, Election Director Dean Logan ordered a search through more than a half-million absentee envelopes to look for other ballots that might not have been counted.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 2, 2005 10:38 PM

What the #@#$% is with election officials in King county (besides being Democrats)?

Posted by: Dave W. at April 3, 2005 12:59 AM

King County is where you go to suddenly "find" Democratic ballots. This is no surprise.

Posted by: Randall Voth at April 3, 2005 3:05 AM

republicans should pick 30 states and then vacate the other 20. *that* will put an end to all the election thievery.

Posted by: cjm at April 3, 2005 3:45 AM

Obviously, some King County election officials need to spend time in prison. The only question is whether the crime is gross negligence (they really lost so many ballots, and required at least a dozen separate searches to find them all) or fraud. Come to think of it, both crimes probably occurred, and the question is which officials belong to which crime.

Posted by: Kevin Colwell at April 3, 2005 6:24 PM

Do You Really Want A 5-Year-Old On A Jury?

Five year old called to jury duty ... again!

"When Tammy called the court, to ask how this could happen, she didn't get much satisfaction.

"She (the clerk) thought maybe they got his name from voter registration rolls, and I said well I know he's not registered to vote!"

King County Court Administrators say it all boils down to a computer glitch. When Nathaniel's mom got him a state I.D. card, it seems someone at the Department of Licensing may have accidentally entered his birth year as 1900, instead of 2000."

Yeah right! I wonder how many absentee ballots they have for him? Sleeping in Seattle.

Posted by: Genecis at April 4, 2005 12:16 PM