Uh-oh. As the Chelan County courthouse prepares for the circus to come to town, yet another “scandal” is brewing in King County regarding military ballots. According to an article in today’s Seattle Times, two Republican observers said they saw election workers improperly duplicate “federal write-in” ballots.
These federal ballots must be duplicated because the orginals cannot be read by the optical scanners. When a voter fails to name individual candidates, but merely indicates the party, the ballots should be counted as straight party-line votes.
But Republican observer Kirk Brandenburg said he sat at a table where election workers ignored party choices on at least 30 ballots. He said that when he asked a supervisor about it, he was told, “The names were not to be counted unless they were listed.”
Shit. The claim was corroborated by Carol “Sacrificial Lamb” Cassady, a Republican observer who also supposedly challenged U.S. Rep Jim McDermott this November. Damn it! A congressional candidate would never lie, so this really looks bad for Gregoire.
Or does it?
Cassady and Brandenburg said most of the overseas voters whose ballots they saw favored Democratic candidates, including newly elected Gov. Christine Gregoire.
If election workers had consistently counted party-choice ballots, Brandenburg acknowledged, Gregoire would have extended her 129-vote lead over Republican Dino Rossi.
I guess that’s why we haven’t seen this “smoking gun” over on (un)SoundPolitics.