On second thought, maybe the GOP’s “proportional analysis” proposal isn’t such a bad idea.
The Seattle P-I reports that four Eastern Washington counties that voted overwhelmingly for Dino Rossi, tallied 1793 provisional ballots without first matching signatures to those on file.
“We did not check their signatures against our signatures in-house,” said Auditor Nancy McBroom in Adams County. “With the new law, it says, I guess, you’re supposed to confirm the signatures,” McBroom said.
Yeah, gee… I guess I s’pose so, Nancy.
If the courts were to use proportional analysis to toss out these ballots, it would expand Christine Gregoire’s lead by an additional 360 votes. However….
Republicans, who would like the proportional analysis applied in Gregoire’s stronghold of King County, say the problems with provisional ballots in Eastern Washington can’t be compared to those in King County.
Uhhh… that’s because, um… us city folk just can’t be trusted, whereas you can forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the Junction. See, big ol’ nasty King County is filled with Democratic cheats, so we had to carefully check each signature for three points of similarity (tossing out thousands of absentee and provisional ballots in the process.) But Billy Jo, Bobbie Jo and Betty Jo are honest as the day is long, thus Adams, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties didn’t need to bother checking signatures at all.
What these revelations really tell us is that shit happens, it always happens, and that it happened throughout the state… even in Rossi country. Indeed, when it comes to provisional ballots, it looks like quite a bit more shit happened outside of King County than within.
Ballots Fucked Error County Counted Prov. Rate Whitman 18,122 783 4.32% Stevens 20,606 560 2.72% Adams 5,204 108 2.00% Walla Walla 23,269 342 1.47% King 899,199 660 0.07%
So much for gross incompetence and corruption in King County. Hmmm… why haven’t I heard EFF President Bob Williams squawking on talk radio that Nancy McBroom is a “crook” who should be jailed? Could it be that she’s a Republican?