July 25, 2006
"Best Practices", maybe. But only in a world of pitifully low expectations
King County Elections announced today that it "receives top honors for excellence in mail ballot processing" from a national association of election officials. We should all be appalled that the standards of excellence in election operations could be this low.
This document explains that the award is specifically to recognize the relatively small reconciliation discrepancies between mail ballots and mail voters in 2005. It's commendable that Deanron didn't make as many ballot goofs in 2005 as he did in 2004, but 2005 had its own share of problems. As we've mentioned before, roughly 390 ballots from the 2005 primary were apparently never tabulated and there has never been a public explanation for this. In the 2005 general election, we found that the overall error rate on mail ballots was 20%. Many of these are systemic failures of mail voting that are not directly under the control of the elections officials (e.g. voter forgot to sign ballot). But there were also other election official errors, such as the number of prevenatable illegal votes that were improperly tabulated, that were not included in the calculation that was the basis for King County's so-called "award for excellence".
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at July 25, 2006
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1. 'best practices' award is relative; from a group of molecular biologists--one thing; from a group of braying asses, yet another;
Yeah, this award is like giving Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize. Does anyone take it seriously? Nope.
I'm sure that what this award represents in the elections world is that you are good at helping to throw an election in favor of Democrats without getting caught.
It must be painful to have an outside entity, one with no discernible motive for misrepresentation, parachute in here just to contradict one of your most cherished myths. Why even bother to continue with your claims, when every disinterested party publicly disagrees?
Well, if you could survive having a Republican judge in a Republican county strike down every one of your previous claims, then you can weather this. Fanaticism owes nothing to facts.
4. Call me Mr Cynical, but...So a rah-rah booster club awards a prize of excellence for not screwing up quite so badly this time as last time.
Clearly Paddy Mac (and others) believe the criteria for "excellence" were met. Yet Stefan presents numerical evidence that the criteria were flawed (an error rate of 20% isn't a good thing, right?)
The "Experts" discount this evidence for three likely reasons: 1) It doesn't fit their paradigm of what happened; 2) By ignoring it it will go away and they won't have to answer it; 3) They are elite and knowledgable, and don't deign to stoop so low as to even address this silly little criticism.
Paddy, just because the "outside entity" has no motive for misrepresentaton doesn't mean that they were correct in their "fact finding." I would guess that they just read the reports that Deanron sent them, and gave out brownie points for that. No, no misrepresentaton by the outside entity--just a limited picture of what really happened.
And as for the crack about the Republican judge--you seem to have misunderstood what he really said, in favor of saying what matches your ideological paradigm. Like you said, "Fanaticism owes nothing to facts," after all...
Paddy be sure and don't let any facts get in your way. Many of these elections groups have a vested interest in awarding their peers. Like sending Jimmy Carter to foreign countries to supervise their elections- they aren't interested in an honest, one vote one person count. They are interested in the outcome. Having the elections supervisor from LA come up to Seattle to praise Dean Logan was over the top during the 2004 election fiasco.
The King County Records and Elections are a national example of how to cheat on elections. The machine is oiled and practiced. Institutionalized fraud hurts all voters.
Oh, and most of the recognition systems like this require someone to submit nominations, these don't come out of the blue. My guess is that the nomination came from someone in King County Elections and Records or the Democratic Party Workers.
6. I'm not buying it.
7. since the Ringling Bros. Circus is coming to the Seattle area, I nonimate the "Seattle City Council Award" to Ringling's clowns; (insert calliope music here);
8. I'm glad the bar they use for that measurement is not being used for the game of limbo.
In other words KCE is the model they want to base nation wide elections on.
Bye Bye democracy unless when stand and fight on this issue.
10. Did you ever visit the countries behind the Iron Curtain? One thing that was not in short supply was “awards” for excellence in everything and anything. They were everywhere, they were nothing but unmitigated horse crap for the most part. Does this surprise me? No, the people who give out these phony baloney “awards” for excellence here in the USA are cut from the same cloth as the former communist apparatchiks.
11. Nomination was likely by DeanRon's Mom
12. What a pile of dreck! Sort of like giving youself a pat on the back, isn't it? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the KC Elections Dept. nominated themselves for this dubious award.
13. Went to their website. Noticed that King County "was selected by a three-member panel representing 250 professional court clerks, recorders, and election officials from across the country." Gee. That sure represents the consensus of the field, now doesn't it.
This practice is so transparently corrupt that only a person lacking the intellectual firepower to burn toast would fall for it.
If you want to see an example of it in overdrive...go to your local City Hall if you live in the Puget Sound Region and take a stroll thought the Planning Dept, you will see whole walls covered with "awards" from the American Planning Association (APA). These "awards" are used to bolster their claim of enlightenment when it comes to telling you how to live YOUR life and to confer credibility and add cache to their schemes.
What this display in fact amounts to is an element of a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign by a left-wing umbrella organization to bestow credibility on fellow travelers and nothing more.
If you go to the website of NACRCs you will see that KC received an award in Feb for the mobile tour registration trailer. Here is a link:
With that said I think we can see that this group looks for anything to try to compliment each other on.
I also noticed that all nominees were nominated by their department head (i.e. Dean Logan).
Criminally low expectations.
JDH..comment #10 makes a great point.
17. paddy-whack feeeeeels that everything is just ducky in electionville (but then, what would you expect from someone who eats their own crap?)...
Contrary opinions hurt, don't they? Esp. when they contradict those carefully-concocted myths:
"Did you ever visit the countries behind the Iron Curtain? One thing that was not in short supply was ï¿½awardsï¿½ for excellence in everything and anything. They were everywhere, they were nothing but unmitigated horse crap for the most part. Does this surprise me? No, the people who give out these phony baloney ï¿½awardsï¿½ for excellence here in the USA are cut from the same cloth as the former communist apparatchiks."
(Still mad that the capitalists of Fremont bought someone else's surplus statue of Lenin, eh?) Let's see: because a group of criminals on another continent in another century gave bogus awards, that must mean that modern-day Americans do it too! The proof? Their awards contradict my slanders! While wildly illogical, it does make just as much sense as any other statement that Mr. Rossi's supporters have made. The American right wing has long substituted red-baiting for facts, and with good reason: it even supports "logic" of the type shown here.
"Having the elections supervisor from LA come up to Seattle to praise Dean Logan was over the top during the 2004 election fiasco... The King County Records and Elections are a national example of how to cheat on elections."
Care to read, yet again, Judge Bridges' ruling? It addresses that second point most beautifully. What part of "no evidence of fraud" did you not understand?
LA's elections official praised Dean Logan for doing a great job under difficult circumstances, while a host of hateful propagandists screamed "fraud!" where none had happened. Mr. Logan earned such praise from his fellow, and I hope his successor will too.
It does not matter if King County's elections officer is appointed by the County Executive, or elected BY THE SAME VOTERS who choose the Executive; King County's voters will still vote heavily against illiberal candidates and issues, and an accurate count of our votes will show this.
whack, you moron.
Just because it didn't prevail in court does not mean it didn't happen. We all have moved on from the 2004 election, why haven't you?
BTW: I love the statue of Lenin and what its favored display status in Seattle means. Perfectly illustrates the witless liberal fools who infest what was once a nice town...