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King County Elections Division on good behavior – we hope

Post by Kim Bradford on Nov. 14, 2006 at 6:04 am with No Comments »
November 14, 2006 6:04 am

Call it the dog that didn’t bark. We’re into the second week of counting ballots in King County – including the votes cast in the tight, passionate congressional race between Dave Reichert and Darcy Burner – and no one’s accused the county elections division of botching the job.


As of today, anyway, there’s no sign of the astoundingly sloppy ballot handling that turned the 2004 governor’s race between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi into a sour, angry, months-long debacle.


Perhaps the biggest glitch that’s surfaced so far this time around – aside from taking so long to do the count – is the overstuffing of ballot bags at polling sites, where lots more voters than anticipated dropped off absentee ballots. The bags are supposed to be sealed, but the sheer number of ballots reportedly made that impossible for about 100 bags.


A conspiracy theorist could find a lot to fret about here. Suspicious minds in Reichert’s camp might be alarmed by the fact that the bags are blue. But paranoid Burner supporters won’t have missed the fact that the seals are red.

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