July 16, 2007
Live on KCTV:
Julia Patterson: So there really is no Plan B to move to all vote-by-mail for 2008?
Sherril Huff: Not for 2008
Julia Patterson: So if the new equipment is not certified, there is no plan for a mail-only vote in 2008?
Sherril Huff: That's been our recommendation
Mail ballot impressario Garth Fell reiterates his concerns about the risks of using the existing systems for a mail-only vote, and doesn't think he can train enough people in time.
Partisan Patterson, furiously:
You'd rather say NO to vote by mail than to train the folks needed to train the people to run 80 machines instead of 40?
The county's most famous poll voter
, Larry Phillips, is now throwing a huge temper tantrum that he might not get his vote-by-mail lollipop in 2008.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at July 16, 2007
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This has to be the funniest thing I have ever watcthed.
They are like children who don't know the word "NO".
Each of them have re-asked the same question, hoping to get a different answer other than NO.
I loved it....
This is what a government looks like when its majority and their political partisan desires are confronted by the facts and the responsible thing to do. Will they bend? Don't bet on it.
Whether by invention, deception or outright fabrication of facts that contradict reality, they will get Sims' vote-by-mail charade done. In Democrat politics, after all, power is all that matters today.
3. How will Gregoire win if they don't pull this off?
Seems to me that all-mail voting would be less demanding on the existing equipment, than the present poll voting.
Right now, about 550 or 600 Accu-Vote machines are out in the polling places, to scan ballots. Even on a heavy poll turn-out, the intensity of usage of these machines is not so much.
The Accu-Vote machines scanning mail ballots are used much more intensely, and for many days in a row. I suspect only a few dozen machines are used for these purposes, and probably nowhere near 100. Okay -- Julia Patterson says it is 40 machines.
With all-mail voting, there will be maybe 10 regional voting service centers in the entire county, for people who want to vote in person. Let's just assume each location is open for many days before election day, and has 5 or even 10 Accu-Vote machines on hand. This still leaves 500 unused Accu-Vote machines, which can be sent to the mail-ballot counting center.
So, with all-mail voting, there will be PLENTY of Accu-Vote machines to service the 50% or so increase in mailed-in ballots.
Whoops -- maybe I missed it. Patterson says we only need to go from 40 machines to 80 machines. Isn't it a lot easier to train 40 more workers, than to spend millions on new machines?
And why shouldn't King County taxpayers create 40 new union jobs for local residents in King County Elections, instead of giving millions to a Republican-owned firm (Diebold) in some other state?
You must read and listen......
Miss Huff has my vote is she would run for the director. Anyone who stands up for what they believe in, and goes against the King 'Simms and Company, gets my vote.
Richard Pope - huh?! Do you know for a fact that Diebold is wholey owned by Republicans? Sarcasm I hope.
Does the Dems not expose themselves by the mere fact that they are so hard-pressed to push all-mail voting? Just asking.
You must, I say must, post this circus on your blog as soon as you can make it available.
It was the most priceless thing I have watched since Gone with the Wind came out on VHS.....
8. KC Elections mottos, "Ready, Shoot, Aim". And oh, by the way,"Elect a democrat".
9. For your information Richard Pope the company Diebold is a public company that is listed on the NYSE. It is traded under the symble DBE. Or are you implying that Democrates do not invest in the stock market?
10. If you surf the talking head channels tonight, chances are they'll run the daily of today's council show. Be careful if you have HDTV--some of the extreme closeups of councilpeople can be frightening. All that stuff they say about alcohol breaking blood vessels? It's true.
11. Maybe if they don't get their Vote by mail, the legislature will allow 6 recounts for Gregoire in 2008. All of course paid for by the taxpayers this time...