August 18, 2006
Testify to the King County Council on behalf of an elected auditor
The King County Council is discussing the proposal for electing the county's Elections Auditor, this Monday, August 21 at 10am. The Councilmembers will be taking public comment. You may speak for up to 3 minutes and explain why you believe the people of King County will be better served by having an Elections Auditor who is directly accountable to the voters (Hint: the last guy who was appointed by the Executive got to keep his job long after he should have been let go. And the guy before him didn't do the greatest job either)
Strictly speaking, the Council isn't deciding whether we elect the Auditor, the question the Council is discussing on Monday is whether to put a measure on the ballot to let the voters decide whether we will have an elected Auditor. At this point, 5 of the 9 Councilmembers are on the record supporting the people's prerogative to make that chioce (Ferguson, Dunn, Hague, Lambert and von Reichbauer). Oddly, Ron Sims and the other 4 Councilmembers (Constantine, Gossett, Patterson and Phillips) don't want the voters to choose whether we get to choose our Auditor. You have to wonder why they're so afraid of democracy and accountability in the elections office.
This isn't a done deal until the Council approves the ordinance. It's important that those of us who believe in fair, honest and accountable elections will make a strong statement to the Council on Monday.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 18, 2006
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Location: Council Chambers, King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, 10th floor. (And sorry for the late notice. The Council didn't post the agenda until late this afternoon).
1. I will endeavor to be there.
2. Maybe this time you'll follow the rules about testifying, Stefan.
3. Sims will allow you all of three minutes, how generous. That's shorter than a Fox News time slot!
4. Yeah, Giffy, and if we can have a KC elected auditor, maybe next time they'll follow the rules about elections, huh?
Why don't you show up and put your three minutes of testimony. Grab the go-nads between your legs DO SOMETHING about it.
I watched the testimony from the previous hearings, and only heard from the ANTI-ALL MAIL VOTING CROWD. So if you believe you can make a difference, sign up.
If you don't think it is necessary, keep quiet. You obviously don't think it is important.
Pull your line, and motor on out of this pond...
I need some directions. I am available on monday, as I have an appointment in Bellevue monday at 2 pm
Will they actually listen to someone from Lewis county? Will they take what i have to say into consideration? (although will they take what KC voters have to say) I think I will give it shot, what do you think?
I am sick and tired of KCRE having the "tools". I want them to have the proof....
7. Next order of business - Is there a way or any grounds to recall Ron Sims ? His malfeasence is on a par with the recalled former Gov. of California, Gray Davis !
I am not sure if testifying is really doing anything productive. The auditor is pretty much a done deal unless Ferguson recants which is unlikely. I also highly doubt any R's switching. The real battle is going to be in Nov. and I think it will likely past. While I don't support it, mostly because I believe such positions are better appointed. I don't want to vote for the head of DDCS or Metro and I don't want to vote for the head of elections. What I find odd is that R's think that KC voters, who vote for Dems for every other position, will somehow elected a Rep. Auditor. Instead of an appointed professional you'll get liberal partisan politician. Not sure why you think this better. Hell most of you don't even like Reed and he is a R.
As surprising as this might be to you, the voters of KC support RS. They have elected him repeatedly. Next time try to get a candidate that didn't beat his mom and maybe you'll stand a better shot.
"Giffy" - I have never said that I expect to elect a Republican Auditor. In fact, I have said the opposite
the county is likely to elect a Democrat to this post. But that person would be measured and held accountable solely on the basis of how they run the elections office.
What you so blithely skip is the fact that all of this was given "legs" by the gubenetorial election. Gregoire lost twice. It took King County a third, questionable count to ensconce her in Olympia. It was never about Ron Sims, except for the fact that he, as a Gregoire lap dog, controlled the counting of the ballots, including the third, QUESTIONABLE count. The auditor should be elected, as in other counties in the state. He should not have to answer to partisan officials, only to the voters.
It's pretty well proven that peoples attention and concerns drops dramatically the farther down the ballot you go. Hell if we are going to vote for an auditor why to the heads of parks, or of Metro. Taking it further we should elect the Secretary of Defense and the Head of Homeland Security. If you can't trust people it vote for the right /qualified people for the top and most important positions, why would they do any better at the lesser positions. See its not just party affiliation I am talking about Stephan. The people elected RS, the people elected the democrats on the Council. They are accountable to the people, yet they are not any more appealing to you. I will bet you dollars to donuts the auditor will be the same. Now I like mostly RS and the Dems so I am not really that concerned, even though I don't think it's a good idea.
In my opinion the recent upsurge BY BOTH PARTIES of so called direct democracy action show that we are not taking our role as citizens seriously. This may seem counter intuitive but its not. In a Republic it is our role to find and elect the most qualified people we have to carry out executive and legislative functions. They then handle the nitty gritty of governing. Initiatives whether there for tax cuts or smaller class sizes tent to cause more problems then they solve. Voting for every person in government tents to result in even more incompetence. See voting is easy, pick one or the other. However, finding good people is much harder. I am the first one to say that both parties need to a better job of finding good people. Unfortunately our current political climate tends to discourage good people from running.
By the way most large Counties don't elect the heads of their elections departments.
You need to watch KCTV's last public testimony regarding the elections. The ELECTED didn't even CONSIDER the testimony of the 20+ people who took the time and trouble to show up. They made common sense in their testimony, and should have been considered.
Just take the time to listen/watch it.
I did see it. Here is the problem. There are 1.6 million people in the COunty. 20 is hardly a representative sample. Enough publicity (SP) and you can get 20 people together for just about anything. Hell I bet Aaron Dixon even has 20 supporters he could get to an event.
Then YOU should go on Mondday, and tell them that you think they are 100% perfect in everything they do, if they will listen, never know, they may be with their dogs.
Giffy.....one more thing
If 801,000 people showed up, they would still vote the way they want too.
This county is going to need an Auditor, someone who is qualified to impliment that "PLAN" Ron Simms has. There is alot of work to do, beyond that glossy brochure.