May 13, 2006


55,000 dead, duplicate voters deleted from state database (Andrew Garber, 5/13/06, Seattle Times)

The Secretary of State's Office has deleted about 55,000 registrations from Washington's voter rolls after finding duplicate records and dead voters with the aid of a new statewide database.

The database, put in place earlier this year, allowed the state to find 19,579 dead people still on the rolls and 35,445 duplicate voter records.

"It's a critical piece to help regain the trust and confidence of the voters of the state of Washington," Secretary of State Sam Reed said Friday. "I think we are slowly but surely rebuilding trust in the system."

Voter confidence was shaken in 2004, when Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire narrowly beat Republican Dino Rossi after two recounts. The tumultuous election was replete with lost ballots, mismatched signatures, and dead people and convicted felons casting ballots. Rossi challenged the election in court and lost.

Now how's Ms Cantwell supposed to win?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2006 9:32 AM

Illegal immigrants.

Posted by: AllenS at May 13, 2006 10:05 AM

The Courts.

Posted by: erp at May 13, 2006 10:51 AM

Honest elections, as promoted by technology, would be a final stake in the heart of old Democrat party.

This is why they keep changing, or trying to change the rules as to who votes. Social, demographic and economic changes have eroded their base so they keep looking around for gimmicks as a fix.

The effect of this is to make their collapse sudden and final when they run out of fixes.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 13, 2006 12:53 PM

Prediction: Cantwell loses her next election by 55,001 votes.

Posted by: Noel at May 13, 2006 1:35 PM

Can Republicans sink any lower? Such a Nixonian dirty trick to disenfranchise a whole class of Democratic voters. What a travesty of justice!

Posted by: ic at May 13, 2006 3:23 PM

It would be interesting to see where these voters were located. If they were mainly in western Washington or King County the dems are in deep doo doo. Shame they can't rerun the last gov election now. Bet the results would be different and so would the gov. That election was such a travesty and the boards were so lax in responding to FOIA papers about the voter rolls that the dems need to do something to try to get back some semblance of integrity. This does not get it back for them but it does hide just how rotten they were.

Posted by: dick at May 13, 2006 3:31 PM

Will any double voters be prosecuted?

Posted by: GER at May 13, 2006 4:20 PM

People hear "vote fraud" and think of Mayor Daley the Elder's Chicago and fat, cigar chomping polls in front of a mechanical voting machine flipping levers early on Tuesday morning. How quaint. The Upper Left Washington is the cutting edge of the future of vote fraud (mail-in ballots required King County, coming soon!) and just wait for your local Progressives to start telling you how wonderful things are here.

(Already there are reports of the wonderful "ballot parties" being organized so residents of "retirement homes" and other such institutional settings can all get together and make voting fun. Good-bye secret ballot.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 13, 2006 4:38 PM

Photo Id's required at the polls to vote!

Posted by: Genecis at May 13, 2006 5:36 PM

With mail-in ballots, to whom exactly do you show the ID, and who applies the purple ink to your finger? (The latter being another all-purpose solution provided by people who have no idea what the problems are, but hey, it's simple and satisfies the need to "do something."!)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 13, 2006 8:26 PM

What has the Democratic party done for dead people lately? Yet they continue to vote as a bloc for Democrats, election after election. This whole "the Republicans are just there for the living guy" mentality is so hard to break.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at May 14, 2006 1:27 PM

That's funny, Robert.

Knowing Republicans, they'll probably develop an outreach program to the Deceased-American Community. Maybe appoint a few dead--but qualified!--Dead-Americans to high positions. And it would help if Bush addressed the NAADP.

Posted by: Noel at May 14, 2006 4:22 PM

Wow, King county just got smaller.

Posted by: pchuck at May 14, 2006 4:33 PM