PICKET: Washington State King County voters receive two ballots

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King County, Washington residents received two ballots in the mail, reports My NorthWest.com According to the Washington state news outlet, early voting ballot are currently arriving at voters’ homes in King County and some are saying they got more than one: 

“What I found this morning were two ballots, the first one has my first and last name. The second one has my first, middle, and last name,” Tracy Maxwell tells KING 5. “People are voting this weekend for the President of the United States, and there’s mistakes happening.”

But King County Elections officials say it’s not a big problem because protections are in place to ensure only one ballot per person is counted.

Spokeswoman Jerelyn Hampton says Maxwell received two ballots because she had recently updated her voter registration information with her middle name, information King County apparently did not have in the system before.

King County, a Democratic district of the state is famous for being suspected of messing with ballots, particularly in the 2004 gubernatorial race between Democrat Christine Gregoire and Republican Dino Rossi. According to the American Spectator

Washington is comprised of heavily Democrat Seattle and King County, surrounded by a sea of Republican counties. Democrats in King County first focused on provisional ballots that were legally invalid because they were not signed or the signatures did not match the voter registration on record. (Provisional ballots are ballots that are cast because the voter does not appear on the registration rolls, so his vote is taken and kept to be verified later if possible.) Even though federal law requires the identity of such voters to be kept private, the Democrats found a judge who ordered that the names and addresses of these provisional voters be given to the Democrat party so they could go to the residence of each one and get the signatures straightened out.

Doing this only in the overwhelmingly Democrat county but not the others obviously would generate a lot more votes for the Democrat candidate. Fund further reports how the process worked, writing, “Democrats spent the next three days knocking on doors and speed dialing voters….Democrat volunteers asked if voters had cast ballots for Ms. Gregoire. ‘If they say no we just tell them to have a nice day,’….Only if they said yes did the Democrats ask if they wanted to make their ballots valid.” Gregoire got a net gain of 400 votes this way.
Then just two days before the final vote was to be certified, King County announced that it had found another 10,000 absentee ballots. Rossi’s lead was soon down to 261 votes. That was enough to require a mandatory machine recount of all votes. Fund reports, “But in King County the recount went beyond running the ballots through the counting machines. Officials there ‘enhanced’ 710 votes that had been rejected by the machines, in some cases altering them with white out or filling in the ovals on the optical scan ballots.” This netted another 219 votes for Gregoire, reducing Rossi’s lead to 42 votes.

Democrats demanded and won yet another statewide hand recount. During that recount, heavily Democrat King County found another 561 ballots, more than a month after the election, that had been rejected because election officials couldn’t find the voter’s original signature in the registration records. Two days later, they found another 22 ballots hidden in voting machines that were already in storage, not sealed and secured in any boxes. “Another treasure hunt turned up 150 more votes that had been mistakenly put into storage,” Fund reports. Meanwhile, in the hand recount, officials in King County decided they wouldn’t automatically reject “overvote” ballots where the voter had mistakenly marked the ballot for both Rossi and Gregoire. These ballots were forwarded to the canvassing board, which somehow determined that some of these ballots were intended for the Democrat.

Fund reports, “The vote changes piled up so that by December 21, Ms. Gregoire took the lead by eight votes. Democrats promptly claimed victory….Ms. Gregoire was declared the winner by 129 votes two days before Christmas. She praised the whole process as ‘a model for the rest of the nation and the world at large….’” This is how democracy has been suspended in Washington state for the last four years.

This is also what Gore was trying to do in Florida. Keep demanding recounts, until Democrat party election officials in heavily Democrat counties could find, create, manufacture, or rule in enough votes for Gore to take the lead. Then the counting would be over.

King County, Washington should be watched closely, especially when multiple residents are complaining about getting more ballots than they should be receiving. After all, for some reason, county election officials seem to “discover” new ballots for the Democratic candidates when its needed. 

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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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