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Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez’ campaign accuses counties of misleading voters in local voters pamphlets. Pierce Auditor responds.

Appointed Justice Steve Gonzalez‘ campaign manager this morning accused the counties that produced local voter pamphlets for the primary of misleading voters in a way that could endanger his election.

Gonzalez is in a two-person race for the seat he was appointed to by Gov. Chris Gregoire in January. Under rules for judge races, any candidate who receives a majority of the votes in the primary appears on the general election ballot alone. While that is a possible outcome in supreme court races with more than two candidates, it is certain in races with only two.

The other candidate in

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Auditor: Pierce turnout helped by marijuana measure

Brad Shannon of our statehouse bureau reports:

Voter turnout in Pierce County’s first general election run exclusively with mail ballots is running higher than some past elections, and county Auditor Julie Anderson said Tacoma’s Proposition 1 on marijuana crimes is one reason.

“We think is going to bring in a lot of people who normally sit out elections,” Anderson said Friday, estimating turnout would hit 50 percent in tomorrow’s general election. She said the fact the election is also the first vote-by-mail general election for Pierce County is another factor in her prediction.

Pierce County received another

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Tacoma: 6th council member can’t recall being told sleeping cop delayed Zina’s Amber Alert

Former City Councilwoman Julie Anderson said Saturday she has “absolutely no recollection” of being told two years ago that Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum fell asleep after he’d been asked to issue an Amber Alert when Zina Linnik disappeared in 2007.

Julie Anderson

She added that if she had heard such information, she would have taken action.

“If I had been made aware that what actually happened — that an officer fell asleep and caused the delay of the Amber Alert, and that that had all been misrepresented in public — I would have acted, yes,” she told me in phone call Saturday morning.

Julie Anderson is the sixth member of the 2009 city council who could not corroborate statements made Friday by City Manager Eric Anderson that both he and City Council members knew about the reason for the Amber Alert’s delay since 2009 (Here’s our story from Saturday about what other council members recall).

Eric Anderson told The News Tribune Friday that he and the council first learned about Fulghum’s sleep-induced delay simultaneously, during a closed-door executive session in 2009 with city attorneys. The meeting was called to discuss a legal claim against the city by the Linnik family, he said.

Eric Anderson said that during the meeting, he and the attending council members were clearly told about Fulghum, yet the information did not spark him or anyone else to take further action, such as seeking any kind of internal investigation.

That’s because there were no obvious signs of policy violations, Eric Anderson said. He added that, because executive session discussions are legally confidential, he did not feel he could use any information that emerged from them to separately launch such a probe.

The city manager’s statements are significant because they would mean that several other city officials besides himself knew for nearly two years about the true reason why the alert was delayed in the Linnik case. Until news stories in the TNT last week, police officials had previously told the press and public they had delayed issuing the alert so investigators could gather more  information to put in it.

In her phone discussion with me Saturday, Julie Anderson keenly recalled details from the 2009 executive session now in question.
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Better chance this time for vote-by-mail, supporters say

Olympia Rep. Sam Hunt says he thinks the odds are better this year for his renewed attempt to make the whole state vote by mail. Elections officials in Secretary of State Sam Reed‘s office, too, are optimistic the effort will succeed.

The practical effects of an all-mail switch would be felt only in Pierce County. The other 38 counties in the state already vote entirely by mail, while Pierce County hangs on to polling places for the minority of voters who don’t want to mail their ballots.

In November, roughly 29,000 votes came from poll sites, nearly 11 percent of those cast in the county.

Tacoma freshman Reps. Connie Ladenburg and Laurie Jinkins have signed on to Hunt’s bill, and several other House Democrats support the idea. Past all-mail bills have cruised through the House but gotten bottled up in the Senate.

Last year, a bill by Hunt made it out of a key Senate committee but was blocked after objections from Pierce County senators including Democratic Sen. Rosa Franklin.

Sen. Steve Conway, a Tacoma Democrat who replaced the retiring Franklin, said he would oppose it, but said it’s too soon to say if he would try to keep it from coming to a vote.

“To me, our county will come to this decision on their own like all the other counties have,” Conway said. “When we’re the only county that hasn’t chosen this, I don’t really appreciate a bill trying to mandate it.”

Pierce County’s top elections official wants her county to join the rest. County Auditor Julie Anderson testified today in support of Hunt’s bill.

Anderson mainly points to the low turnout. But she reminded lawmakers poll sites also cost money. Eliminating them for the 2012 elections would save at least $80,000, she said, and that doesn’t count upcoming costs of hiring translators at polling places.

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Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson explains practical aspects of Top Two primary decision

Tuesday’s ruling that the state’s Top Two primary is legal both in theory and in application may not end the decade-old litigation on the state primary. But it certainly will make it difficult for the state’s political parties to prevail in the argument that the form of the primary violates their rights to free association.

That is the hope of elections officials who have been struggling with frequent changes in the laws.

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson wrote last night about the practical aspects of the ruling, especially in the way it will make it easier and cheaper to run primaries.

Julie Anderson

“This validation of a Top-2 Primary means we will eliminate the state-mandated explanatory inserts in ballots (which have created labor, printing, and postage issues for us),” Anderson wrote.

It also means the secretary of state can begin a clean-up of the election statutes that have been on hold while the case was still pending.

But Anderson said the end of state-sponsored elections for party precinct officers will have the biggest impact. In siding with the state on most aspects of the challenge, U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour did agree with one part of the parties’ challenge. It is not legal for the state to run PCO elections that allow all voters – regardless of party – to vote on those officers. The solution seems to be that the state will stop running those elections and the parties will have to come up with their own method.

“Eliminating PCO elections will reduce voter confusion,” Anderson wrote. “Think about it. We tell people that you don’t have to pick a party to vote. But, then issue ballots every other year with a Top-2 Primary system followed by a strictly partisan PCO race, which requires picking a party. Read more »


Hans Zeiger wins House seat

A weeklong hand recount of ballots has confirmed it. Hans Zeiger has unseated state Rep. Dawn Morrell.

The Republican won by just 30 votes.

With other recounts reportedly confirming today the losses by Sen. Randy Gordon and House budget chairwoman Kelli Linville,  Democrats’ majorities have been trimmed to 27-22 in the Senate and 56-42 in the House.

Pierce County’s three-member Canvassing Board certified the 25th Legislative District results this afternoon. The recount narrowed Zeiger’s lead slightly, from 47 in the first count.

“It really helps you to appreciate the value of one vote,” Zeiger said.

The recount by

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Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson pulls contributor to candidate Hans Zeiger off recount

Seventy-five election workers today started the weeklong process of recounting votes for Democratic Rep. Dawn Morrell and her Republican challenger, Hans Zeiger, who led her by just 47 votes in the first count.

One counter is sitting out this week. An election worker who gave money to Zeiger’s campaign won’t participate in the recount, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson said today.

Anderson said she pulled the temporary employee, Janet Mullen, from the schedule after learning about her $750 in contributions to Zeiger.

Such contributions are legal. But “I have a higher duty to the public good,” Anderson said, “and that includes the perception of any conflict of interest.”

Anderson said she scoured campaign reports last week for other contributions and turned up nothing for the 11 full-time employees and 64 extra hires like Mullen who are sorting ballots and counting votes this week.

Mullen worked during this year’s primary and general elections.

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Julie Anderson-Norm Dicks e-mail ‘a hoax,’ party leader says

Norm Dicks getting reelected to Congress and then resigning for health reasons?

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson perhaps taking his place?

It’s all a hoax, Anderson, Dicks and the leader of the Pierce County Democratic Party say.

Julie Anderson
Norm Dicks

That news went out in an e-mail last week to at least some Pierce County Democratic leaders and faithful. It purportedly was sent by a new campaign manager in Anderson’s reelection bid for Auditor and referenced a web site: www.electjulieanderson.org. That web link redirected visitors to Anderson’s real campaign website.

It appears the e-mail was concocted and sent by Robert Hill, a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, who has since been ousted from the party for a number for reasons, said Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Nathe Lawver.

“It was a complete hoax,” Lawver said.

Anderson and Dicks also said the e-mail was bogus.

Hill, who is barred by restraining order from contact with Anderson, told me this afternoon he’d seen the e-mail, but he didn’t send it.

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