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December 22, 2004
Washington Governor Update

Great news..

The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that King County should include hundreds of recently discovered ballots in the hand recount of the still-undecided governor's race.

After seven weeks of counting and recounting, the ballots from the Democratic stronghold of King County could swing the election for Democrat Christine Gregoire. Republican Dino Rossi won the first count by 261 votes and won a machine recount by 42 votes.

At a hearing Wednesday morning before the high court, Republicans had argued that a recount should be a mere retabulation, and that it was too late for counties to go back and correct errors.

But the court unanimously said state law and previous court rulings specifically allow county canvassing boards to correct mistakes during a recount.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Now, it should be noted that I think this is great news not (only) because it could swing the election to the Democrat, but because it means that we'll have a fair result. It means that hundreds of people who thought they voted in the election will actually have their votes counted, instead of dismissed due to some technical problem or a mistake made by an election worker.

The Republicans' arguments in this case are pathetic. They are only interested in winning at any cost, not in counting all legitimate votes. If the election is ultimately given to Gregoire (note: not overturned, it hasn't been decided yet), they will certainly claim that she won by some trick, or by virtue of a court decision. This is just false. What the court has done is to uphold the law and protect the rights of the voters. If Gregoire ultimately wins, it will not only not be illegitimate, it will be more legitimate than most elections.

Harry Korrell, a lawyer for the Republican Party, countered that state law does not grant King County the right to add new ballots to the recount seven weeks after the election. Korrell said counting those votes would cause irreparable harm, but justices questioned who would be hurt.

"You're looking at it from the point of view of the winner or the loser - shouldn't we be looking at it from the point of view of the voter?" asked Justice Susan Owens.

Owens must be one of them "activist" judges I keep hearing about. The point of view of the voters? Commie.


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