Monday, January 03, 2005

Election Bungling, or Election Fraud?

Mitch linked to a post on Sound Politics today regarding the screwy "recount" fiasco in the Washington governor's race: King County Elections "Enron Math"

Near the bottom of the post, he cited an e-mail he'd received from a reader. Part of the cited e-mail included this:

"King County will tell you that this is normal to see absentee ballots in with poll ballots. What King County means is that county employees would use extra absentee ballots to make duplicate ballots for whatever reason so the ballot would be read by the machine. Remember that these "dup" ballots were filled out by King County employees. The King County employees would know how to fill out the ballot so the machine would read it. Guess what, some of those absentee ballots in the poll ballots were not filled out correctly and definitely looked like they were filled out by someone other than a county worker. These same ballots did not have red ink on them as well. Whenever a King County employee altered/enhanced a ballot they had to write on it with red ball point pen. These absentee ballots in the poll ballots did not have red ink on them. So in my opinion the poll ballots were simply compromised."

This rang a bell with me. There is clearly still a legacy of Democratic Party machine politics around in certain cities in the country. The formula is simple. First, stack the election judges in a precinct. Once the polls are closed, the judges cast the ballots of people who didn't show up for the candidate of their party. If the party controls the necessary state election offices, they can easily rebuff any attempts at investigation in case irregularities arise.

Where would one look for evidence that this happened in Washington?

Well, first you'd focus on the heavily Democratic metro areas. That would be King County in this case.

Next, you'd look for more ballots cast than voters who showed up. That's established in the post cited above.

Then you'd look to see which party controlled the state offices responsible for oversight. If Washington is roughly comparable to Minnesota, the biggie here is the Attorney General. Washington's Attorney General happens to be the Democratic candidate for governor, Christine Gregoire.

I would also look closely at any precincts staffed entirely by election judges from the Democratic Party, though I don't know where such records are kept. If those precincts align closely to the vote overages, you have most likely found the answer. Probably nothing good enough to take to court, but good enough for reasonable people to know the truth.


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