June 6, 2005
POLITICAL, NOT LEGAL (via ph):
Wash. Judge Upholds Gubernatorial Vote: Wash. Judge Upholds 2004 Gubernatorial Election, Rejects Republicans' Bid to Nullify Outcome (REBECCA COOK, 6/06/05, Associated Press)
A judge on Monday upheld Washington's 2004 gubernatorial election, rejecting Republicans' bid to nullify the 129-vote victory of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges denied Republican claims that election errors, illegal voters and fraud stole the election from GOP candidate Dino Rossi.
"Unless an election is clearly invalid, when the people have spoken their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts," Bridges said as he announced the decision from his courtroom.
The judge agreed that the state's election system is flawed, but he said he was not the proper person to remedy those flaws.
"This court is not in the position to fix the deficiencies in the election process," Bridges said. "However, the voters are in a position to demand of their legislative and executive bodies that remedial measures be taken immediately."
Courts shouldn't even hear these cases. Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2005 2:27 PM