I was planning to write a lengthy post in preparation for today’s start of the election contest trial in Chelan County Superior Court. But I thought this quote from the Republican’s pre-trial brief pretty much sums everything up:
Petitioners will ask the Court at the conclusion of the case to set aside the issuance of the certification of election to Gregoire, on the ground that, after deduction of illegal votes from both candidates, the evidence shows that Rossi received more legal votes than Gregoire, and on the alternative ground that as a consequence of the errors, neglect omissions and misconduct of election officials, the true outcome of the general election for the office of Governor cannot be known.
That’s the case in a nutshell. Rossi will attempt to prove that Gregoire received at least 130 illegal votes more than he did. And barring that, we’re back to the “total mess” theory. The twists are that Rossi’s attorneys will argue that all the mishandled provisional ballots (in King and Pierce) and all the voter credit discrepancies in King, amount to illegal votes. Furthermore, they are indeed going to argue that King fraudulently certified the election.
The GOP brief is impressive looking, as these things tend to be, but I expect the Democrat’s arguments to be just as persuasive. Keep in mind that the Republicans will be presenting their evidence first, so nobody should get too high or too low based on what comes out of the trial over the next few days. TVW will be providing gavel to gavel coverage, and I plan to watch as much of the tedious proceedings as I can. I’m also hoping to get periodic reports from a couple flies on the wall, and I’ll share interesting tidbits (assuming there are any) as soon as they come in.
Man, I can’t wait for this damned thing to be over so that I can spend my time writing about important things.