Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. While errors tend to occur in every election, they tend to occur in a random distribution. This is illustrated by the county by county breakdown of the mishandled provisional ballots and votes cast by felons alleged by Democrats.
|County||Votes Cast By Felons||Unverified Provisional Ballots|
That’s 2371 disputed ballots in all, most from precincts that heavily favored Dino Rossi.
Yes, most of the mishandled provisional ballots were legally cast, but then so were most of the mishandled provisionals in King County. If you are interested in more than just inflammatory rhetoric, the important number to look at is the votes cast by felons, as this is the heart of the Republican’s lawsuit. In the outside chance the court might accept a “proportional reduction,” the 432 illegal ballots alleged by the Democrats are more than enough to offset the GOP’s King County felons, and still maintain Christine Gregoire’s lead. And Democrats promise that there are more coming.
All in all, not a good day for the Rossi camp, though I doubt it was much of a surprise. Their research clearly cherry-picked irregularities in pro-Gregoire precincts, and it would have been silly to expect the Democrats not to fight fire with fire.
I should, however, note one difference between the way the Democrats have gone about this and the way the Republicans have. The Democrats have not released the names of the alleged felons to the media, only the numbers. They have issued subpoenas, seeking to determine if any of these people should be removed from their felon list, before their names are unfairly made public. For this they should be commended.