November 19, 2008
Recount in Spokane not getting any more pleasant

The always cynical Jim Camden asks a question about the re-count issues swirling in Spokane County's 6th LD:

So the question one has to ask might be, is the House Republican organization seriously concerned about the integrity of the process, or is it just looking for anything that could raise a question about the outcome, should Ahern lose?

I'd say the fact they're spending money in court on this issue says they're serious about it. More importantly, I have this crazy idea that in the wake of the 2004, the GOP just might be a little gun-shy about trusting election administration officials first and asking questions later.

For now, the restraining order HROC discussed in this coveragewas denied. Nevertheless, if Democrats were to raise a similar issue in Snohomish County in the face of a recount in the 44th LD, I wouldn't begrudge them one bit.

Posted by Eric Earling at November 19, 2008 07:27 AM | Email This
1. Recont = Recount

Posted by: Michael on November 19, 2008 08:01 AM
2. Oh no...are we not over this - EVEN YET? :)

Posted by: Duffman on November 19, 2008 08:03 AM
3. Let's see, we voted HOW long ago?

What a farce.

Posted by: Army Medic/Vet on November 19, 2008 08:58 AM
4. Stealing a close election from a Republican is like taking candy from a baby. Recounts and Courts only drag out the inevitable result of a corrupt system. Until the GOP learns how to stuff ballot boxes and find uncounted ballots in car trunks better than their opponents they will remain a minority party. Ahern is playing fair and by the rules therefore he is toast.

Posted by: ROCKETMAN on November 19, 2008 09:02 AM
5. Duffer, that seems a strange question for you to ask.

Are leftists over Florida and 2000?

I'm kinda surprised that you would even ask the question.

Posted by: Hinton on November 19, 2008 09:11 AM
6. Hinton...

The funny part FL had NO problems voting for Clinton/Gore both times with ease.
I guess the dem's voters only got stupid when Bush came along.

Posted by: Army Medic/Vet on November 19, 2008 09:24 AM
7. Amazing that "remade" ballots cannot be examined and challenged by observers. The GOP better do some more fighting on this one. Legal, political, and public pressure is called for here.

And our Secretary of State is where??????Oh yeah, covering for Democrats again. Maybe he admires Jennifer Brunner.....

Posted by: iconoclast on November 19, 2008 11:08 AM
8. " the wake of the 2004, the GOP just might be a little gun-shy about trusting election administration officials first and asking questions later."

Please show where, "in the wake of 2004, the GOP" spent one word or one dime wondering about the integrity of ballots in Spokane?

Posted by: tensor on November 19, 2008 11:16 PM

Good morning... I am in Spokane, and an elections observer for both the primary and the general election, and as such have "observed" the remakes being remade. There were NO republicans as observers most days.. ( so this is where you raise concerns, not after the election is over).. the fact that they chose not to have some volunteers step up and watch was their decision... and coming back after the fact is a it egregious.

The day we did the sample of 200 "remades" to see if there were any discrepancy, there was only one person to help on the republican side... accompanied by and attorney the in my opoinion was overbearing and not a nice person.. who was using a cell phone in the counting room against the rules and had to be asked by Auditor Vicki Dalton to turn it off.

We ( all 8 of the requested democractic/independent observers) had to stand around and cool our jets while Curtis Fackler the GOP head cheese over here ( a very nice man) scrambled to garner some additional republicans to make the process "clean"... a process that in my view should not have even been allowed with the prior ability if you wanted to overview every one of the 7000 remakes. Most of the "remakes" were simply that the little oval marks on the ballots had not been filled in sufficiently to be read by the machine counter....

Groaning and Moaning after the fact is bad form... where are the Republican "volunteers" ...?? Dr John August Olsen Spokane Wa

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Posted by: John A Olsen on November 20, 2008 08:58 AM
10. The very reason to bring back the voting booths.

Posted by: Kurt on November 23, 2008 10:32 PM
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