Monday, March 07, 2005

What's the Matter With Washington?

OK, two posts in one day means I'm a bit irked by something. I don't know how closely people have been following the Washington governors race that I mentioned here as well as here. But the plot appears to be thickening.

The Washington GOP recently submitted a list of over 1,100 alleged instances of voter fraud. As someone who cares more about voting integrity than partisanship, I was anxious to see what developed in this issue. Well, KIRO-TV reports on a few of the "illegal voters":

The Associated Press contacted three of those on the alleged felon list. Two said their voting rights had been restored and one said he was pulled over for drunken driving in 2003, but the charge was reduced. Two of those three said they voted for Rossi.

Wait, it gets better:

In one case, a voter had mistakenly signed his name next to the name of a deceased woman named Alice. He then crossed out his signature and signed next to his own name.

The GOP list indicated that someone had illegally cast a ballot in Alice's name, but McDonald said that was not the case, adding a quick check would have "spared Alice's family from suspicion that one of them had committed a crime."

Democrats plan to check the entire list against precinct records, he said.

An initial check of seven names failed to turn up "anybody that's a legitimate illegal vote," McDonald said.

I'm interested to see further developments and a more thorough dissection of "the list".

What's even worse and more interesting is the bill in Washington, SJM 8009. Basically this bill wants to divide the state in two, an eastern [GOP] half and a western [other] half. The Olympian wants legislators to spend more time on important work. I got a better idea, how about we make Democrats wear a scarlet "D" so that we can just be avoided altogether and prohibited from being involved in the political process. I mean besides Joe Lieberman, the GOP leaders are not listening to us anyway.


At March 07, 2005 6:59 PM, Blogger Marie said...

Gilbert, can the "D" be pink? Scarlet isn't really my color. They'll still be able to spot us well, AND we'd be stylin'!

At March 07, 2005 9:11 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

Perhaps a compromise with a rainbow D?

At March 07, 2005 11:45 PM, Blogger Gilbert Martinez said...

The WA state Senate just passed an election reform bill.


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