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Former Sen. Rosa Franklin critical of ex-colleagues for vote to close polls

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 7, 2011 at 11:04 am with 9 Comments »
March 7, 2011 11:06 am
Rosa Franklin

As the survival of poll voting turned into a partisan issue on the floor of the Senate late Friday, a former senator said she sat at home watching on TVW and just shook her head.

The Legislature “should not have gotten involved in a local food fight between the Executive & Legislative branches of government” in Pierce County, former Sen. Rosa Franklin wrote in an e-mail.

When the Tacoma Democrat was in Olympia, she helped keep bills to end poll voting in Pierce County bottled up in the Senate. A year after she retired, the Senate approved closing polls, and the House is likely to agree. All but two Democrats in the Senate backed the position of Democratic Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy (and Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed) while all but one Republican backed the GOP-led County Council.

“This sets a precedence for usurping local control and when one part of government cannot get what it wants runs to the state to solve their problem,” Franklin wrote.

But supporters say elections are the responsibility of the state, not counties. They say a uniform statewide system of voting is more likely to pass muster with the courts. And the lone Senate GOP supporter, Dan Swecker, has suggested the Pierce County Council might even thank the Legislature for taking away a tough political issue out of its hands.

Franklin said: “Of course it was aimed at Pierce County, without a doubt another poke in the eye by big brother, I was not surprised that it happened after I left the senate.”

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  1. “But supporters say elections are the responsibility of the state, not counties. They say a uniform statewide system of voting is more likely to pass muster with the courts.”

    Humm.. so now the $$ issue isn’t the real reason.. duh!

    In this I agree with former Senator Franklin “”This sets a precedence for usurping local control and when one part of government cannot get what it wants runs to the state to solve their problem,” Franklin wrote.”

    Sad we have an Exec. who plays little girl games like this when she doesn’t get her way. Can’t wait for that next election. Then we could actually save some County $$ by reducing Exec”s personal staff additions

    PUT IT ON THE BALLOT!
    Stop the strong arm games and just put it to the formal vote . Then the issue is resolved and our Countywide voters voice is realistically heard.

  2. “Stop the strong arm games and just put it to the formal vote . Then the issue is resolved and our Countywide voters voice is realistically heard.”

    So why didn’t the county council do exactly that? If they had, maybe we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  3. I’m with you on this topic Fatuous.
    Someone needed to pull on the big kid pants and do this.
    From the Exec, Council or Auditor.

    It’s not “dead” yet if the House chooses to not join in the strong arm tactics. I think the Council, Exec and Auditor need to promise to place it on the next Ballot and just let the issue be settled appropriately.

  4. Copper2Steel says:

    This entire piece is the opinion of a retired senator. Who cares? She left. Others were voted in. Cut the cord!

  5. mattersnot1 says:

    Forcing citizens to vote by mail is unconstitutional. The Legislature may find itself defending a lawsuit.

  6. DickWMuri says:

    How much would it cost to put a referendum on the ballot to decide whether to keep our polls open? I estimate more than $100,000. An unnecessary exepense.

    The citizens of Pierce County have elected 7 county council members to represent them on many issues of importance. A 6 to 1 majority recently voted to keep the polls open. Last year it was a 7 – 0 majority. I applaud Senator Rosa Franklin’s commitment to local control and decision making whenever possible. And it is poor manners and bad politics for Auditor Julie Anderson and Executive Pat McCarthy to go to the state legislature because they could not persuade their county council members to agree with their position on this matter.

  7. Hey apparently its Ok to continue to let illegal immigrants get licenses and drive but to let Pierce County’s legal American citizens make their own decision about Poll voting is verboten…
    Says a lot about our Legislature.

  8. hortonpeak says:

    This whole argument about poll voting is such BS. Pierce County, as usual, could be a major player in state politics but wastes time and energy on BS. I do not care what level of government one looks at, Pierce County, is wasting its potential. Oh well, the mind suck shall continue.

  9. It needs to go on the ballot.
    While no one happily pays $100,000. , that sum wasn’t unreasonable for Term Limits Prop. or numerous other Props that affected the rights of PC voters less than this does.
    Since we have the issue being forced, then it should be up to the voters here to make that decision in the end.

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