May 25, 2006
Julia Patterson is not alone
Julia's not the only poster child for the inaccuracy of King County's voter rolls...
Bob Edelman has been following up on the strange cases of Trudy Garman/Trudy Wiseblood and Alfred T. Birnbaum/Birngaum. In both of these cases, the registration and voting information is so close that it appears highly likely these are duplicate registrations. If true, both situations are also cases of double voting, since all four registrations have been credited with voting in recent elections.
Bob sent complaints regarding these double votes to Deanron, and reports that Dean apparently tried to remedy the problem. In the latest release of the state database Trudy Garman is now Trudy Wiseblood. She will get both of her ballots at the same UPS private mailbox in Santa Rosa, California. Alfred Birngaum is now Alfred Birnbaum and he will get both of his ballots at the same address in Tokyo. All are listed as active registrations.
Neither the state nor the counties caught these now identical registrations when the registrations were updated. And unlike Julia Patterson, both of these situations have resulted in double-voting in the past.
Feel better about vote-by-mail now?
Posted by Jonathan Bechtle at May 25, 2006
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1. KC Elections: Vote Early and Often!
2. The thing is that I could do the same thing at a polling place. I could register in two different precincts and vote away. Also since both of these are people out of the state, they would exist under any absentee ballot system. The problem does not seem to be mail vs. poll, but more of a database srutiny problem.
Cha-ching! And with all mail-in voting, who will be scrutinizing the scrutinizers? As it is even now, with all the "scrutiny" being given to the poor excuse for cleaning up the data base, and the poor excuse for data entry, and the poor excuse for response to voters themselves who request their registrations be corrected, with all mail-in voting, most of the "transparency" goes away. They will be able to do what they damn well want, and make up any story if a cover-up is required. Pretty slick, if you ask me.
Presumably now that they've made this change, they will be sure not to count both ballots when they arrive for processing in November. OH, WAIT ...
5. Giffy, until the Democrats needed those extra votes, we all had to show registration- like in vehicle registration. Now that the votes are needed by the looney left, there is no effort to make sure you are who you say you are. And that falls in line with going to the all-mail voting philosophy.
6. Giffy: You're right. The primary lesson to pull out of this is that the database isn't working properly. That relates to vote-by-mail, however, in that such a system increases the opportunity for such errors to turn into crimes. If the second registration for both these people was for poll voting, I'd be a lot less concerned. Since both are out of state, they'd only be getting one ballot. Under vote-by-mail, we can know without a doubt that every person registered twice will get two ballots.
7. How LONG shall we have to put up with this massive incompetence by the election officials???? WE DEMAND BETTER!!! now!!!!!
Great Job stephan, your ability to hold these people's feet to the fire is amazing. When I heard today that a voter trying to register to vote, CANNOT be asked if they are a citizen, and does not have to show any whatsoever proof of citizenship, I was appalled even more.
It's the only way the election can continually be stolen in this state!
No wonder Fox visited this state today!
Coruption at it's finest!
Please tell me how you could force your wife to sign the envelope containing the ballot you filled out for her. Please tell me how you could physically intimidate anybody into sign an envelope containing a ballot you filled out yourself if you actually have to pick up a blank ballot, walk across a room in front of observers, fill out your ballot and personally deposit it into a ballot box or high tech counter.
10. The only place you can vote twice is in King County or if your voting on American Idol.