June 25, 2007
Bad seed

The King County Prosecutor is considering criminal charges against the ACORN voter registration activists who allegedly submitted over 1,800 fraudulent registrations last October. Good.

Curiously, when the ACORN story was first reported last October 21, the only controversy mentioned was the fact that the registrations were turned in two days late. These e-mail threads from King County Elections (here, here, here, here, here and here) show that the Elections office had concluded as early as October 10 that many of the ACORN registrations appeared to be fraudulent, but spokeswoman Bobbie Egan chose to conceal that information from the media when she gave interviews about ACORN on October 20th and 21st. (Even more oddly, Egan complained that the news reports were slanted and left out important information)

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 25, 2007 11:40 AM | Email This
1. I still don't understand voting by mail box. That was in '04.

Posted by: swatter on June 25, 2007 11:44 AM
2. It's about time. Talk about the wheels of justice moving slowly. ACORN has been pulling this little scam all over the place nationwide. I was shocked to learn that they are a ultra-hard left organization that supports Democrats. Ha! Ha! Ha! (Sometimes I crack myself up!) Seriously, I'm not shocked . . . really. Anyway, back east (Chicago I think) they prosecuted these bums a few years ago for the same thing. I seriously doubt that King County Elections knows definitively if any of the fraudulent registrations and subsequent votes were counted. Sure , they say they do, but they have to. All mail voting is just around the corner. Can't tarnish that monster.

I predict that nothing will come of this or if something is done it will be a relatively insignificant punishment.

I will gladly issue apologies all around if anybody sees jail time.

Posted by: G Jiggy on June 25, 2007 12:19 PM
3. Not meaning to speak ill of the dead...but I'm glad to see that the acting KC Prosecutor is taking this situation seriously. I was very frustrated in 2004 when Norm Maleng seemed to turn a blind eye to obvious problems with ACORN, and the whole elections mess! If he had demanded the records from Logan that Stephen was requesting, the whole outcome could have been different. He seemed like a nice enough guy but I think he was just a little too comfortable in his office and didn't want to rock the boat that was holding so many of his friends. Hope this brings about needed changes in voter registration in time to prevent a similar mess from happeneing in 2008.

Posted by: suzihomemaker on June 25, 2007 12:23 PM
4. Even though there is a giant elephant in the room, King County Elections just can't seem to admit to itself that there is a huge problem when Dogs and Angry Moonbat Activists are able to register to vote.

It's really disgusting that the left is so power mad with the votes they can manipulate out of a broken system, that they are unwilling to share in the responsibility of ensuring a fair process through better election safeguards. Yet, they've fought those safeguards like required ID, better database cross checking, and better authentication, every step of the way.

I guess it's no surprise though. This is the same party that wants to equalize competition on the radio waves through suppression.

I missed the part where it says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; unless it applies to conservatives, or others whom the left disagrees with or feels is too competitive."

Posted by: Jeff B. on June 25, 2007 12:27 PM
5. So if Dan Satterberg were not facing election this November, Norm Maleng were still alive in the # 1 spot, with Satterberg being # 2 (and with special responsibility over elections as Maleng's canvassing board representative), would we be seeing this effort by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office? Or if the initiative to elect a county elections director were not on the ballot in November, same question?

So how many of the fraudulent ACORN registrations in King County have been cancelled? If the answer is ZERO, don't blame Ron Sims or his appointee. The King County Prosecuting Attorney has the official responsibility to file official challenges of apparently bogus voter registrations. This is based on legal advice from the prosecutor's office to the elections office. If the elections office were to file these challenges, and also adjudicate these same challenges, the prosecutor said it would be a conflict of interest.

So just how many of these bogus ACORN registrations has the King County Prosecuting Attorney officially challenged? I bet the answer is ZERO. After all, they haven't officially challenged the canine voter, despite knowing about this for a bit longer.

Posted by: Richard Pope on June 25, 2007 12:43 PM
6. Pope,

The answer is e) all of the above. Responsibility for vote fraud and a lax system is not a single entity problem. Better prosecution is only one facet. Reed and the SOS office is part of the problem. The Democrat controlled legislature. County Elections management. Poll workers. DMV workers. Etc.

The whole system is broken with a "Not My Problem" and "Don't want to be the one to stand up and challenge the weak system" attitude from most of the above players.

Everyone in the public sector is afraid of the pro-Union Democrat Power machine in this state. That's why it is up to to the rest of us private independents to fight the entrenched elites.

Posted by: Jeff B. on June 25, 2007 12:54 PM
7. Shows that you can't really trust KCE right now. Why were they trying to protect ACORN by not mentioning the obvious (to them, at least)?

We all kind of know that ACORN = fraud.

Posted by: Michele on June 25, 2007 01:29 PM
8. I can't help but wonder how different these prosecutions and voter registration challenges would have been if it was Rossi who had "come back" to win by 129 votes.

Posted by: Palouse on June 25, 2007 01:37 PM
9. Just another example of Malang's and Sims' gross incompetency

Posted by: KC Dem on June 25, 2007 02:12 PM
10. Palouse, you don't even want to go there. And speaking of going there, all us old guys in our family are heading east to live. East as in Wenatchee, Yakima, Okanogan Country. We grew up with 'small', lived our lives 'small', and to die 'small' we have to move where there ain't so many fine people as we have here.

Posted by: swatter on June 25, 2007 02:44 PM
11. Let's do a dogpile search on "ACORN Vote Fraud"

Hmmm......Kansas City MO indictment
.......convictions in Wisconsin and Colorado...investigations in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennnsylvania........

Wow even a map...

Good ole Norm M doesn't go after them and say who was that federal prosecutor in WA State who did nothing that got fired? Our beloved Sec of State found no vote fraud anywhere anytime........

Now this is the really interesting search find...
One of the fired federal prosecuting attorneys claims he was pressured to look into ACORN vote fraud in New Mexico, but concluded the case wasn't worth pursuing........hmm........

Wow, ACORN even says that the firing of most of the federal prosecutors was because they wouldn't go along with suppressing minority voters.......

If the feds won't use the RICO laws on something like this when it is clear that we are taking about a national voter fraud conspiracy, then I guess by definition the democratic party and their fellow travelers can do just about any illegal act.

I am sorry, I just read another story.
I forgot I was talking about Democratic Party fellow travelers. They are victims. It is all Bush's fault. The article points out that ACORN is not guilty of election fraud they have had fraud perpetrated upon ACORN by the people ACORN pays to collect registrations....... Now I understand why they are not prosecuted..... Obviously, our local prosecuting attorney hasn't read the Salon/Acorn press release.

Posted by: robert on June 25, 2007 06:25 PM
12. Egan comments in one of the emails that it is sad that someone would break the law.

What's even more sad is that a communications director for the elections department of the largest county, in the second most populous state on the West Coast, would not know that ACORN is not a legitimate voter registration drive organization. ACORN is a front for organized and widespread vote fraud that has been well documented across the US.

If KCREALS wants to appear legitimate and in control of their role as a large city elections department, then they need to be a little less gullible and naive with respect to the incoming voter registrations.

The sad truth about the Democrat GOTV efforts is that they will take any warm body (and some even cold ) that can supply a possible vote. It's not like they are inspiring people to be thinking voters who participate in the civic process and pick candidates and issues thoughtfully.

ACORN and all of the Soros funded groups and other left wing activist GOTV groups are simply trying to game the system to acquire power for extreme left candidates that they have placed in the Democrat Party.

Posted by: Jeff B. on June 25, 2007 06:42 PM
13. I can't recall the date but Dave Ross had an Acorn orgnanizer on hiss show and raised the issue, in a mild way, of why are so many of your voter registrataions incorrect. LAck of training, we're looking into it, etc. etc. blah blah.

Any violations of law should be prosecuted.

Posted by: Seattle Democrat on June 25, 2007 07:13 PM
14. Another great headline, btw, Stefan!

Posted by: Michele on June 25, 2007 10:30 PM
15. Yet another example of the crooked Tamany Hall Democrat run Soviet of Washington. Voters have ZERO faith in clean elections in crooked Washington State.

Posted by: pbj on June 26, 2007 02:42 PM
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