May 15, 2007
King County Elections E-mails (IX): I was right. There never was a vote-by-mail plan

Recall last August when I exposed Ron Sims's claim of having a "very, very good plan" for the transition to mail-only voting as a baseless fabrication? In this Aug. 18, 2006 e-mail, Bobbie Egan confirmed that I was correct:

The report we released in January was intended to be an assessment of the impact moving to VBM in 2006 versus 2007 would have on our organization. The January report identified the need for a project team whose job it will be to provide an implementation plan. Ultimately, the funding we received from the Council was to fund a VBM team and I believe we only rec'd that funding in June/July.. We are in the process of hiring that project team that will develop the detailed work plan and outline for moving King County to all mail voting
That's a bureaucratic doublespeak way of saying exactly what I concluded early on about Sims's "very, very good plan"
some half-baked brainstorming and at best, what one source close to the situation called "a plan for a plan".
This is timely and significant and not only because it's additional confirmation that Ron Sims and the folks in charge of his Elections Office are a bunch of lying bastards.

It reminds us that the Executive made a decision to rush into mail-only voting without the benefit of sound research into the costs and technical implications, and that the Council irresponsibly gave its stamp of approval without doing proper due diligence. Now that it's a fait accompli and a team is tasked with actually delivering on a mail-only plan, they're boxed in. They have to deliver something, anything, whether or not it actually works very well. The results are predictable -- a "business case" for new technology that doesn't stand up to scrutiny and a lot of time and money wasted on a politically-motivated push to mail-only voting, instead of on sensible and effective improvements to existing processes.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 15, 2007 11:02 AM | Email This
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1. The citizens deserve better!

Posted by: Michele on May 15, 2007 11:00 AM
2. Citizens get what they deserve. We vote these "lying bastards" into office so they can abuse us. What does that make us?

Posted by: MJC on May 15, 2007 11:16 AM
3. I didn't vote for the bast__d candidates, MJC. Neither did a lot of other people.

Posted by: Michele on May 15, 2007 11:46 AM
4. Hey, with KCE counting the votes, who knows whether they were even voted in! :)

Bill H

Posted by: Bill H on May 15, 2007 11:48 AM
5. The laughable part is that in the Brave New VBM world that Sims envisions, there will be less, not more visibility and emotion surrounding the elections. Instead of being able to really focus the victim-crusade-whine-engine that Democrats depend on for election drives and other collective, emotion filled GOTV efforts, there will be a boring, drawn out mail vote. And during that lengthy "open polls" mail ballot period, many of the voters will have already voted before the Democrat mind programmers can reach them with their hypnotic messages.

Boring, drawn out, relying on dicipline and a principled commitment to the best ballot choices? Why those are all conservative values that will benefit conservative candidates and issues.

And is Bobbie Egan just a spokesperson for KCE, or a key Democrat operative and attaché for Sims? She sure seems pretty intimately involved with everything, based on the email flow.

Posted by: Jeff B. on May 15, 2007 12:16 PM
6. Michelle: They represent us because the collective "we" voted them in. In a representation system you have to take the bad with the good, just because you didn't vote for Sims or anyone else doesn't excuse "us" (voters of King County). So, you are either part of "us" or not. You can't have it both ways. Until we start taking responsibility, which includes responsibility for how "we" vote, good change will not come.

Posted by: TedR on May 15, 2007 12:27 PM
7. When Ron said he had a plan, he had a plan. It is called "Vote by Mail." That's the plan, understand? Ron Sims doesn't need no stinkin' details, he is the EXECUTIVE, and by god when he says there will be vote by mail, it will happen, it's called leadership.

It's partisan smear campaign to ask about trivial little things like ballot security, funding, tabulation, reconcilliaton etc...

Ron Sims there is Vote by Mail, an there was Vote by Mail, and it was good.

Posted by: JCM on May 15, 2007 12:37 PM
8. Stefan--
Actual Ron Sims had a "secret plan".
The problem is it was soooooo secret that he didn't even know what it was!

The guy is such a chronic liar that he lies even when the truth will do.....and the Seattle Progressives love him.
Why??
Because for Marxists, the end justifies any means.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on May 15, 2007 09:09 PM
9. Stefan--
Actually Ron Sims had a "secret plan".
The problem is it was soooooo secret that he didn't even know what it was!

The guy is such a chronic liar that he lies even when the truth will do.....and the Seattle Progressives love him.
Why??
Because for Marxists, the end justifies any means.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on May 15, 2007 09:10 PM
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