September 25, 2006
Mail Ballot Horror Show (XVI): They mail you the wrong ballot

King County Elections mailed some voters the wrong ballots for the primary.

A reader from Burien e-mailed that he (a poll voter) discovered that he was given a different ballot than the one mailed to his wife. The wife, who was unaware she had been sent the wrong ballot, was effectively disenfranchised in her precinct's PCO contest.

The Elections Department staffer who returned my call ... told me they had mailed ballots from a different precinct into our precinct, and they were very much aware of the problem, having called and FedEx'ed ballots to everyone who had not returned their ballot yet -- but giving no notice to those who had already returned their absentee ballots.
A spokesperson for King County Elections confirmed the basic story and promised to get back to me with the details on the number of voters affected.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 25, 2006 01:11 PM | Email This
1. more examples of "accuracy any bank would envy" right, Ron Sims?! try sending a bank VP the wrong W-2 wage statement. "anybody would envy" your 'designer' copy paper box filled with your desk stuff on your escorted way out the door.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 25, 2006 01:58 PM
2. Sims will blame it on the fact that some want an elected auditor...........

It's disheartening to see that nothing has changed in KCRE, but then I really wasn't expecting it too.

If Seattle was a third world country, the people would have already taken the place by force!

Posted by: sgmmac on September 25, 2006 02:03 PM
3. anyone taking bets on the "call Stefan back" promise? contest: the person guessing closest on how long the callback takes (or its content)wins a new King County logo flag! think the voice mail was forwarded to CA to Logan's inbox?

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 25, 2006 02:30 PM
4. I bet Democrats like Ron Sims long for the good-old prelapsarian days before 11/2004 when wished for Election Results were delivered by KCREALS and there was no pesky blogger like Stefan to go investigating the anomalies.

Posted by: Jeff B. on September 25, 2006 04:12 PM
5. The same thing happened to at least three people here in Federal Way. I am on the ballot for PCO. Some neighbors two doors down the street received ballots with different candidates for PCO. I was one of them and they cannot remember who the other one was. Some other friends who live in another precinct told me that my name was on their ballots.

Sure glad King County Elections knows what they are doing.

Posted by: Mr. Stone on September 25, 2006 08:02 PM
6. The King county Executive for the city of Seattle Ron Sims just does not get it. More can go wrong with voting by mail. He does not care.

Posted by: RennDawg on September 25, 2006 10:07 PM
7. ...and yet my grocery savings card coupons, flyers and catalog ads all get correctly & routinely mailed to my house like clockwork--rarely late or lost...a bulk mailing facility has more competent professionals than an elections department? good priorities.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 26, 2006 11:25 AM
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