December 16, 2004


Cheating suspected in vote (By Ralph Z. Hallow, 12/15/04, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Republicans in Washington state suspect Democrats, with 500 patronage jobs at risk, are cheating in what is now the unprecedented third counting of the 2,883,341 ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election for governor.

In the current hand recount, Democrats keep discovering untabulated ballots. The state's Republicans, who thought they had elected Dino Rossi as the first Republican governor in 20 years, are furious.

State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance says he can't decide whether Democrat officials in heavily Democratic King County — where uncounted or improperly discarded ballots keep popping up — are "colossally incompetent or completely corrupt."

Who knew the two were mutually exclusive?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2004 7:38 AM

What exactly did the Republicans think was going to happen if they allowed Democrats to count and count and count and count..?

I guess they thought that Democrats would just say congratulations on your election Mr. Rossi. Is there anyway we can help you make this a state we can all be proud of?

Posted by: h-man at December 16, 2004 11:36 AM

I suggest we begin to refer to King County as the folks in do: Ukraine County. The County Election Board, The Politburo. The containers all these ballots keep appearing from, a Samovar.

Since the shennanigans started, I have thought that after Dino Rossi, the person who is praying the hardest for the cheating to fall short by one or more votes is...Maria Cantwell.

Posted by: Moe from NC at December 16, 2004 12:02 PM

Except the Ukrainians seem to care that there was an attempt to steal their election, and did something about it. Here in the Upper Left Cook Country, it's as if people are resigned to "Landslide" Gregoire becoming Governor of Seattle, except for the large minority who want to win at all costs against the Evil Republicans™ and so support the Dems in their holy quest produce the needed number of Magical Mystery Ballots.

And the counts were required by law, and this will be the last one. The next step is going to court to show that Cook Country West is violating the 14th Amendment and such because they aren't using the same (or equivalent) procedures used in the rest of the state, or even in subsequent recounts, in determining which ballots are invalid, and that they are changing their criteria on the fly. I've heard, for example, the criteria for rejecting a bunch of military overseas ballots in early November were not applied to this latest batch, even though the military ones now might qualify for inclusion if this latest standard is now the proper one.

It's all quite confusing, quite hilarious, and the Dems are going to take this show on the road to your state if they can.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 16, 2004 5:15 PM

Now the reports are that Cook County, this morning, at the request of the Dems, once again changed their procedures for evaluating "overvotes". Rumor also has it that, against all logic, Rossi is doing much better than expected, (net +15) so Landslide Gregoire may not become Mayor of Washington after all.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 16, 2004 6:19 PM

The sad thing is that they are going to get away with it. Can anybody recall a local election this close in which, after extensive recounts, the Democrats lost? They count until they get the result they want and then the media proclaims "game over."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 16, 2004 10:34 PM

Florida 2000.

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2004 10:48 PM


That's why I said "local election."

Florida was highly unusual in that the SCOTUS rightly jumped in because the FL Supreme Court had rewritten the election laws and thus a Consitutional issue was at stake. Bush's saving grace was that this was a national election -- if it hadn't been, I think the Democrats would have kept pounding away until they got the result they wanted.

It's been done before and it's about to be done again. Unfortunately, Gregoire will walk away with this seat. Who's gonna stop the Democrats this time? Local judges? The media? They are wholly-owned Democrat subsidiaries.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 17, 2004 3:20 AM

It's the state of WA, no?

Posted by: oj at December 17, 2004 7:39 AM