Index of entries from December 2004
December 31, 2004
December Timeline
by Brian Crouch, 11:59 PM, 0 Comments
December 2004   Dec. 1: Democratic National Committee (Gregoire) sends out “Action Alert” with poor math: “Only 42 votes separate my Republican opponent and me. That's a difference of 0.0014 percent. The error for voting machines is somewhere between... [read more]

That Abysmal Media
by Brian Crouch, 02:51 PM, 50 Comments
The Seattle P-I is misfiring on all cylinders today. They begin a calumny masquerading as an editorial by exposing fatal ignorance: Absolutely preposterous. Dino Rossi's call for a rerun of the governor's election has no basis, at least so far.And... [read more]

Total Meltdown in King County Voter List
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:50 PM, 55 Comments
It was last reported that there were 3,539 more ballots counted in King County than voters who cast them. The discrepancy is actually much larger. The 3,539 is only the net. This comes from having roughly 1,500 more voters than... [read more]

ReVote Washington
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:18 PM, 40 Comments
A new website dedicated to pushing for a revote: ReVoteWA.com. There's a petition to the legislature demanding a revote that can be signed on-line or in person. The website's background color is appropriately orange!... [read more]

More suspicious numbers in the King County handcount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:18 PM, 20 Comments
Been spending more time analyzing the newly posted precinct canvass of the King County manual recount, and the differences with the canvass of the machine recount. The story seems to be that at every opportunity where new ballots were somehow... [read more]

"Smoking Gun"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:04 AM, 74 Comments
The Seattle Times' David Postman credits me with finding what could be the "smoking gun" to overturn the election: The latest questions about King County came after the elections office released on Wednesday a list of all registered voters in... [read more]

Precinct 3301
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 AM, 20 Comments
Precinct FED 30-3301, or simply Precinct 3301, is located in Federal Way in south King County off I-5. I've never been there and I don't know much about it except that it helps illustrate why this election, in Dino... [read more]

December 30, 2004
The Seattle Times' Misleading Database
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 PM, 8 Comments
The Seattle Times website has now posted a nifty tool where you can look up King County voters in their database and it's supposed to tell you if and how they voted. [It appears to be based on the same... [read more]

"No, Attorney General, this isn’t ‘golf’ "
by Brian Crouch, 08:58 PM, 14 Comments
Press release from the Governor's office:With so many disenfranchised military voters, how can this be a fair election? Bellevue, WA – Today Dino Rossi stood with the family of a disenfranchised Marine from Snohomish County to again call for a... [read more]

Orange Ribbon
by Andy MacDonald, 06:38 PM, 44 Comments
Reader Robyn Goodwin writes: I am starting a grassroots efforts here in Thurston County, WA. to encourage everyone who sees that this election was a mess, to tie an orange ribbon on their car antennae (the color that the opposition... [read more]

Ukraine County No More
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:17 PM, 69 Comments
You may have noticed that I've stopped calling King County "Ukraine County". The people of Ukraine have taken their democracy back. It would be an insult to the proud and heroic Ukrainians to equate them with King County. UPDATE: To... [read more]

Tipping Point
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:48 PM, 35 Comments
Dino Rossi's invitation to Christine Gregoire to join him in asking for a revote was a brilliant move and may well be remembered as the tipping point of this contest. The smart thing for Gregoire to have done would have... [read more]

Residence, Schmesidence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 PM, 36 Comments
As we've mentioned before, hundreds of people in King County have registered to vote giving their "permanent residence" at an address where they obviously don't live. In addition to bona fide homeless people who are permitted by agency rules to... [read more]

Two "votes" accounted for, 127 to go.
by Brian Crouch, 12:06 PM, 24 Comments
Here's a editorial exercise in understatement:"Election mystery proves elusive: Centralia couple, authorities puzzled by pair of mail-in ballots."Magical mystery ballots? Hmmm, where have I heard that before? While lawsuits swirl around nearly 600 newly found ballots in King County during... [read more]

An Open Letter to Sec. of State Sam Reed
by Brian Crouch, 09:23 AM, 51 Comments
This was sent to us this morning. All edits in brackets: Dear Sam, We know each other well, and have mutually served together and supported each other for many years -- as a result I call upon our relationship to... [read more]

A Tale of Disenfranchisement
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 AM, 22 Comments
Seattle resident Betsy Conrad has been registered to vote in King County since 1986 and is a permanent absentee voter. The database shows that King County accepted her ballot in the September 14 primary, but not in the general election.... [read more]

Snohomish County's Numbers Don't Add Up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:11 AM, 9 Comments
It's not only King County that has a problem adding voters and adding ballots and coming up with the same numbers. Snohomish County wins 2nd Prize in today's Horse's Math vote counting contest. Snohomish County's official "certified" manual recount... [read more]

December 29, 2004
But will every vote count?
by Brian Crouch, 09:51 PM, 12 Comments
Create some momentum via this article-side Seattle Times opinion survey, described in our comments section as "a lame-donkey poll" or something like that: Republican Dino Rossi is now calling for a new election. Should we vote again? Vote your conscience.... [read more]

conspicuous by its absence: media scrutiny
by Brian Crouch, 07:55 PM, 35 Comments
If I was composing an article such as this (or any of these) for a news service like the AP, I'd be inclined to at least mention the Washington state election irregularities (prefaced with the standard "alleged") including, but not... [read more]

Dino Rossi speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 PM, 57 Comments
Dino Rossi speaking at this moment (on KVI): This election has been a total mess. A total mess. ... It's also people's faith in the process. That's what's at stake right now. He read a letter that he wrote to... [read more]

FLASH: King County Numbers Don't Add Up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:46 PM, 69 Comments
King County is still unable to provide conclusive information to validate their vote count. The voter file, which I obtained earlier today, contains the names of only 895,660 voters recorded as voting on Nov. 2, a significant discrepancy from its... [read more]

The Sour Lesson Of Bob Dornan's Defeat
by Jim Miller, 12:55 PM, 22 Comments
In 1995, Republican Congressman Bob Dornan, who had represented two different Southern California districts, starting in 1976, decided to run for president.  He had great fun for about a year, but spent most of his campaign funds and neglected his... [read more]

"This whole vote," she said, "is a big joke."
by Brian Crouch, 10:58 AM, 17 Comments
With non-plussed gratitude, we point you to Robert Jamieson's fine column from a paper with whom we have been somewhat inimical, the Seattle P-I:Democracy isn't impeccable. Mistakes can and do happen. Ballots may get lost or delayed in the mail.... [read more]

Where we're at
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:00 AM, 43 Comments
I don't expect to post very much over the next few days while I focus on (a) wrapping up my business affairs for the end of the year, and (b) examining the voter lists that have been promised to be... [read more]

December 28, 2004
Count every voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:27 PM, 55 Comments
I've now sent Public Disclosure Requests to the elections departments of King, Snohomish and San Juan counties asking for the following information: a list of all X County voters who submitted ballots in the Nov. 2, 2004 election. This list... [read more]

A Review Of Distributed Vote Fraud
by Jim Miller, 07:56 AM, 38 Comments
Because it is almost certain that Christine Gregoire's 130 vote lead in Washington state's governor's race comes from what I have begun to call "distributed vote fraud", I thought I should review the concept.  The ideas behind distributed vote fraud... [read more]

December 27, 2004
I Wish I Had Been Proved Wrong
by Jim Miller, 05:56 PM, 56 Comments
Before the election, I argued many times that the widespread use of absentee ballots was an invitation to fraud.  There is nothing original in that argument; anyone who examined cases of vote fraud for a year or so would come... [read more]

WSRP asks the hard questions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:16 PM, 13 Comments
I heard WSRP chairman Chris Vance speaking with Kirby Wilbur on KVI this afternoon. The state GOP has filed a comprehensive public disclosure request of King County this afternoon to shed light on all of the perceived irregularities. The GOP... [read more]

Vote Fraud for Dummies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 41 Comments
In case you're wondering how trivial of a matter it is to commit vote fraud, here are some simple instructions. Any dummy can do this, and you'd be a dummy yourself if you think that this doesn't already happen often.... [read more]

King County to release voter list on Wednesday
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:12 PM, 28 Comments
King County promises to release its voter list on Wednesday. An official at the BIAW tells me that his organization submitted a public disclosure request for the list as early as Dec. 3, and that this request has not yet... [read more]

Hundreds of bogus registrations found in Seattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 29 Comments
Add this to the list of King County voter irregularities. Hundreds of "Seattle voters" list as their residence address various private mailbox services and storage rental facilities. This would seem to be inconsistent with the state's legal definition of residence... [read more]

Release the names
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:28 AM, 32 Comments
The public really needs to see the list of names of everybody who voted in every county. The lists should contain for every voter whose ballot was accepted: Name, voter id, precinct, address, year of birth, type of ballot (absentee,... [read more]

December 26, 2004
Viewer Mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:08 PM, 16 Comments
A reader in Maple Valley e-mails with some very good points: Dear Sound Politics, You guys have a great website. It has been wonderful to catch sight of issues that the TV news, radio to a lesser extent, and print... [read more]

Sexless Voters?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:58 PM, 10 Comments
State law requires that every county maintain certain information on every voter: The computer file must include, but not be limited to, each voter's last name, first name, middle initial, date of birth, residence address, gender, date of registration, applicable... [read more]

A blank canvas
by Brian Crouch, 03:24 PM, 8 Comments
In an article by Chris McGann of the Seattle After-intelligence Post-Intelligencer, a subtle lapsus calami reveals much:Borrowing the rhetoric from the Democrats, Rossi says it's all about having every legitimate vote be counted. "Whether your signature was mistakenly challenged or... [read more]

Garbage In, Garbage Out
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 20 Comments
One of the (many) reasons to set aside our tainted gubernatorial race is because King Ukraine County's voter information database is full of garbage. Leaving aside the thousands of questionable registrations that we'll continue to document, the database simply... [read more]

New Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 17 Comments
If the Ukraine can hold a new election to settle a tainted election, then so can the State of Washington. The Seattle Times David Postman explains some of the legal mechanisms that we could use to make it happen: Q:... [read more]

December 25, 2004
What Should Dino Rossi Do?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:53 PM, 46 Comments
Nothing. At least nothing in public at this time. His Christmas message already said all that needs to be said: “I know many Washingtonians are hoping this will end soon, but I’m also sure that people across this state want... [read more]

Seasons Greetings, Ukrainian Style
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 10 Comments
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our friends and readers in King Ukraine County, Washington State and around the world. Extra special wishes to our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine who have set an example... [read more]

December 24, 2004
Unfunny Surprises
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:07 PM, 28 Comments
The following table illustrates how some of the various county recounts produced surprising results. Specifically, I wanted to see how the newly added ballots in each count were distributed. (where "newly added" means previously unexamineed ballots, or former undervote/overvotes... [read more]

Ballots roasting on an open fire
by Brian Crouch, 12:07 PM, 24 Comments
FYI to Dino Rossi supporters -- this evening the following statement went out... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary Lane Dec. 23, 2004 (425) 646-7202 Bellevue, WA – Today Dino Rossi issued the following statement: “This is supposed to be the... [read more]

December 23, 2004
Next Time, Dino?
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:46 PM, 110 Comments
The whole thing smells funny and tastes real crappy, but there is no proof of fraud, or of enough disenfranchised R voters to reverse the latest numbers. If that assertion is wrong, let WA R operatives and/or lawyers go forth... [read more]

FLASH
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:33 PM, 131 Comments
KING5 reports King County officials: Disputed ballots boost Gregoire by 120 votes SEATTLE — The canvassing board for King County approved the counting of 566 out of 732 mistakenly rejected ballots in the hand recount of Washington’s incredibly tight governor’s... [read more]

Count every vote (they feel like counting)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:31 PM, 15 Comments
Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane speaking on the John Carlson Show moments ago (I paraphrase): The King Ukraine County canvassing board voted not to count a batch of 96 ballots whose voters complained were improperly rejected by election workers. The canvassing... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 14 Comments
This made my day -- my postal carrier attached this post-it note to today's mail: Nice job on the radio yesterday. Keep it up. Merry Holidays. He must have been referring to my appearance on the Dori Monson Show. I'll... [read more]

Not my governor-elect
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:00 PM, 27 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is spinning like a whirling dervish to help Christine Gregoire arrogate a legitimate victory. "Third time may be a charm for Gregoire" Riding two huge wins yesterday, Democrat Christine Gregoire appears to have undone Republican Dino Rossi's... [read more]

That Sam I Am
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 19 Comments
I am Sam. Sam I am. That Sam I am, that Sam I am.... Secretary of State Sam Reed shovels a load of happy talk on the op-ed page of this morning's Seattle Times: Solid procedures are in place to... [read more]

Court Ignores Election Law
by Marsha Michaelis, 09:41 AM, 28 Comments
The latest from Evergreen Freedom Foundation President Bob Williams: Yesterday, the State Supreme Court ignored state and federal law by unanimously ruling in favor of the Secretary of State, the State Democrat Party and the King County Division of Elections... [read more]

Stray Mark Strut (All you need is ten).
by Brian Crouch, 09:31 AM, 30 Comments
The proverb goes: "Those that sow in tears shall reap in joy." Now that frequently lachrymose Paul Berendt wallows in rapture over the (perhaps temporary) success of his machinations, let the rest of us remember that election workers "enhancing the... [read more]

Hey, When you've made the funny pages...
by Brian Crouch, 08:29 AM, 15 Comments
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One Answer, Maybe
by Jim Miller, 06:47 AM, 39 Comments
Susan Gilmore of the Seattle Times claims that the King County canvassing board has not been partisan. The three-member panel, which decides which ballots are eligible to be counted and certifies election returns, is made up of two Democrats and... [read more]

December 22, 2004
Eyewitness Report from Chernobyl
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:37 PM, 58 Comments
A friend who's been deeply involved in the King Ukraine County manual "recount" e-mails: When the hand count was complete at the Tukwila facility, it was my understanding from talking to the floor managers, that Rossi was still in the... [read more]

Ukrainian Roulette
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:56 PM, 64 Comments
47 votes were "corrected" and awarded to Christine Gregoire 12 votes were "corrected" and taken from Dino Rossi. Net result Gregoire: +59! This is analogous to flipping a coin 59 times and getting tails every single time. In this case,... [read more]

Ten Votes
by Jim Miller, 04:22 PM, 32 Comments
That's the current statewide margin for Chris Gregoire.  Here's the entire news alert from Komo 4. King County reported +59 votes for Gregoire, giving Gregoire the overall lead in the statewide manual recount by 10 votes. This does not count... [read more]

God Works In Mysterious Ways
by Jim Miller, 04:00 PM, 17 Comments
This morning on the Dave Ross talk show (currently being hosted by substitute Allan Prell), Democratic state party chairman Paul Berendt said, speaking of Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire, that "God has placed her" in the governor's office.  To his credit,... [read more]

The Seattle Weekly Agrees That Past Elections Are Tainted
by Jim Miller, 01:44 PM, 16 Comments
Rick Anderson of the alternative newspaper begins with a wonderful quote from Ron Sims and then lists a bunch of elections that are now suspect, thanks to King County's failure to follow election laws (and common sense). "It will never,... [read more]

FLASH
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:30 PM, 56 Comments
KING5 reports: OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Supreme Court of Washington has decided that over 700 disputed King County ballots should be included in recount for Washington governor - a decision that could very well decide the astoundingly close race between... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:05 PM, 6 Comments
I was just invited to speak on the Dori Monson Show, 710 KIRO in Seattle, right after the 1pm news. I'll also be on the Stephanie Sandlin Show, KSBN 1230, Spokane during the 5pm hour today... [read more]

Precinct 1823
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 AM, 99 Comments
Crunching the data in the King Ukraine County voter registration file, I came across precinct SEA 37-1823, or simply Precinct 1823, located in downtown Seattle between Elliot Bay and I-5 near the James St. exit. Precinct 1823 has 763 registered... [read more]

December 21, 2004
Raining on Gregoire's parade
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 PM, 90 Comments
Not to rain on Christine Gregoire's parade, but it is December in Seattle and if it's going to rain, it might as well rain on Gregoire's Ukrainian victory parade. We don't know yet what King Ukraine County's recount report... [read more]

Constituent Service
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 PM, 18 Comments
"State ends transportation project on ancient tribal site" Washington state is abandoning its transportation project at Port Angeles, after spending $58 million there. The decision by the state Department of Transportation was in response to a request Dec. 10 by... [read more]

Ukrainian Democrats Claim Victory
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:06 PM, 72 Comments
Democrats: King Ukraine County recount puts Gregoire on top THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Democratic State Party Chairman Paul Berendt says recount results from King County give Democrat Christine Gregoire an eight-vote statewide victory over Republican Dino Rossi in... [read more]

The 573 Magical Mystery Ballots, Redux
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 36 Comments
Yesterday I obtained a copy of the latest King Ukraine County voter registration file (updated Nov. 1) so I could learn more about the 573 allegedly disenfranchinsed magical mystery voters. Here are just the first things I've discovered. There... [read more]

Yes, disqualify all of the magical mystery ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 9 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer makes the astonishing discovery that according to filings with the high court, at least five other counties added ballots to recounts that weren't included in their original gubernatorial tallies I'm shocked! shocked! Oh, wait, no I'm not.... [read more]

For Years, The King County Elections Office Has Routinely Violated State Law
by Jim Miller, 07:59 AM, 32 Comments
Lornet Turnbull and David Postman get the biggest scoop yet in King County's increasingly bizarre election story. King County election workers were told as early as May that if an absentee ballot came in without a matching signature on file... [read more]

Chernobyl
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:42 AM, 14 Comments
I spent a good part of Monday afternoon at the King Ukraine County Records and Elections, which is the electoral equivalent of a Chernobyl nuclear disaster. * I first stopped by the Records and Election office [photo], in order to... [read more]

December 20, 2004
Count Every Vote, Legal Or Illegal
by Jim Miller, 02:08 PM, 31 Comments
That's the position of the New York Times on Washington's gubernatorial election and San Diego's mayoralty election.  In the San Diego case, the illegality of the ballots in question does not appear to be in doubt, but the New York... [read more]

Elway Poll Results
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 22 Comments
The Rossi campaign has just released the results of an Elway poll which shows that the state's voters believe: 1) If Rossi prevails in the manual recount, he should be accepted as the legitimate Governor. 2) If Gregoire increases her... [read more]

Daily Briefs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:11 PM, 0 Comments
Both the Times and the P-I have articles today about the newly released documents showing that the Ukraine County elections office attempted unsuccessfully to verify signatures for the 561 573 595 735 723 magical mystery ballots, even before the first... [read more]

ELECTION RERUN?
by Seth Cooper, 08:38 AM, 24 Comments
Yet another sobering "John Fund on the Campaign Trail" column is out today, focusing upon our State's election debacle. Voter confidence in our election diminishes with each new King County shenanigan and each Christine Gregoire election lawsuit. Also, Fund's column... [read more]

December 19, 2004
FLASH
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:30 PM, 33 Comments
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE, Wash. -- Only three days after Gov. Dino Rossi was finally inaugurated, we have yet another strange wrinkle in Washington's bizarre gubernatorial race. More than 93 weeks after the closest election in... [read more]

More Data On Distributed Vote Fraud
by Jim Miller, 08:14 PM, 2 Comments
Today's article in the Seattle Times, describing how ballot checks vary in Washington's counties, has some numbers that, indirectly, support my rough estimates on the amount of "distributed vote fraud" in Washington state.  (Unfortunately, the table containing the numbers does... [read more]

More about the magical mystery ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 PM, 12 Comments
Here is yet another fascinating detail about the 561 573 595 735 723 Ukrainian magical mystery ballots that were found in a samovar last week. From a memo by King County Superintendent of Elections Bill Huennekens that was offered in... [read more]

Ukrainian History Lesson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 21 Comments
When we think of the Ukraine County Elections office, we think of the recent fiasco involving the 400 rejected provisional ballots corrected by weeping Democratic party officials, the 717 surgically enhanced haruspex ballots and the 336 magical mystery ballots that... [read more]

December 18, 2004
Here's a Weird Thought
by Jim Miller, 03:40 PM, 18 Comments
Which official has lost most in this series of blunders (on the best interpretation) by the King County elections office?  The head of King County elections, Dean Logan, right? Logan was brought in to reform the office.  Suppose that someone... [read more]

December 17, 2004
Pierce County - Last Bastion of Sanity?
by P. Scott Cummins, 10:56 PM, 11 Comments
Responsible government officials - not always an oxymoron in Pierce County. [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:36 PM, 52 Comments
I'll be a guest on this Saturday's Republican Radio at 11am along with state GOP chairman Chris Vance to discuss the gubernatorial recount. Listen to the whole show! 10am-12noon on KTTH 770 in Seattle and other stations around the region:... [read more]

Density Density
by Andy MacDonald, 04:54 PM, 8 Comments
Josh Feit continues his density boosterism in this week's Stranger. Following up on last month's Fear of Crowds, where he blasted Magnolia residents for wanting to keep their neighborhood single-family, he now criticizes Northgate residents for the same sin. (The... [read more]

Spokane
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:49 PM, 56 Comments
Spokane County just reported. A net gain of +7 for Rossi, leaving him with a total +8 gain in the recounted counties to a net lead of 154,759. Gregoire won King County in the machine recount with a lead of... [read more]

FLASH
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 51 Comments
KING 5 reports: A judge in Pierce County Superior Court has ruled that the 723 disputed ballots in King County, Wash., should not be included in the ballot recount for Washington state governor. The AP has more. I think we... [read more]

Ukraine Follies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:23 PM, 18 Comments
As I noted yesterday in response to Dean Logan's surreal non-explanation of the 573 magical mystery ballots: It makes you wonder what other idiotic procedures they have in place, and what other errors they're making and not discovering, or discovering... [read more]

Pierce County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 11 Comments
Pierce County reported. Here is how the two-party votes fell: Absentee Ballots Gregoire Rossi Rossi Percentage Machine Recount 145,199 157,704 52.064% Manual Recount 145,431 157,905 52.056% Pickup in new ballots +232 +201 46.42% Expected breakdown of new ballots +208... [read more]

Snohomish Anomaly Still Unexplained
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:10 AM, 38 Comments
The Everett Herald offers this explanation of Gregoire's 44 vote pickup. results of the hand recount favored Gregoire, reflecting where the candidates drew their most electoral support. She won 51 percent of mail ballot votes while Rossi won 53... [read more]

All You Need Is The Punch Line
by Jim Miller, 07:03 AM, 44 Comments
Yesterday, suspecting that the re-recount in King County had become a universal joke, I tried out just the punch line at a local Safeway and a local McDonald's.  In each case, I just said, with no set up line, that... [read more]

December 16, 2004
Ukrainian Rules
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:30 PM, 54 Comments
The Washington State Republican Party says that the Ukraine County Democrats are changing the rules: This morning the King County Elections Department announced to ballot counters that it is changing the rules it had previously set on counting votes. King... [read more]

Recount Scoreboard
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 19 Comments
Snohomish County just reported, reducing Rossi's lead by 44 votes. It's fair to assume that any newly discovered ballots would be distributed to the two candidates based on their share of the previous vote counts. In this case, 194... [read more]

Moronorail Pay Raise
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:27 PM, 6 Comments
Seattle Moronorail Project Executive Director Joel Horn is up for a $8,789 raise in his annual salary from $175,784 to $184,573. On Horn's watch, the Moronorail has experienced a serious revenue shortfall. Only one bidder is still interested and the... [read more]

Routine Vote Counting Error
by Jim Miller, 01:44 PM, 6 Comments
That's what I find in this article describing the re-recount in Clark County. A manual recount of Clark County ballots unearthed 58 previously unrecorded votes for governor, with Republican Dino Rossi increasing his lead over Democrat Christine Gregoire by two... [read more]

Ukrainian Surrealism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 AM, 58 Comments
The Ukraine County canvassing board voted Wednesday afternoon to start to verify the latest batch of 573 magical mystery ballots. There are many strange things about these ballots. 1. As noted earlier, they are heavily and inexplicably biased toward precincts... [read more]

December 15, 2004
Recount Scoreboard
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 PM, 4 Comments
Here's your latest all-you-need-to-know scoreboard for the manual recount. As of Wednesday PM, all counties have reported except for the four largest -- Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane and Ukraine. The complete scoreboard is below, but here is something to consider.... [read more]

Whatcom
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:54 PM, 56 Comments
Whatcom County reported, adding slightly to Rossi's lead. I'll update the full fancy table later this evening. The punchline: I calculate that Ukraine County needs to add 125 votes to Gregoire's lead in order to reverse Rossi's double victory. The... [read more]

On Ukrainian Ballots & Lenin in Seattle
by P. Scott Cummins, 12:56 PM, 7 Comments
For those of you that are new to Sound Politics or blogging in general, it was the Fourth of July, 2001 B.B.E. (Before Blogging Era) which became a defining moment for values in this community. And it was then proto-blogger... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:56 PM, 12 Comments
Joel Connelly in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer applauds what he calls the Democrat's "backbone" in challenging Rossi's double victory with every trick they can invent (including the bogus lawsuit that was unanimously rejected by the state's high court). Connelly pays me... [read more]

Ukraine County Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:04 AM, 113 Comments
My preliminary analysis of the 573 (was 561) (who knows what it will be tomorrow) Ukrainian magical mystery absentee ballots is that they are drawn from precincts that voted 63% Gregoire, 37% Rossi, as opposed to Ukraine County as a... [read more]

December 14, 2004
Recount Observer Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:10 PM, 57 Comments
From a Republican friend who's been observing the festivities at the Ukraine County manual recount in Tukwila: Today, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004 marked the completion of the sorting of all absentee ballots into their proper precincts (except for those mis-sorted).... [read more]

Recount Scoreboard
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:06 PM, 78 Comments
Here's is your definitive cut-to-the-chase scoreboard for the manual recount. UPDATE Time: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 4:40pm [includes Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Okanagan, Whitman] NOTE: I'm compressing and combining the two tables I had earlier. The new item,... [read more]

Things that make you go hmmm.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 PM, 8 Comments
Quoted in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer article about rejected absentee ballots: Twenty-six year-old Miles Erickson, who attended Monday's Supreme Court hearing, said he is angry about the way the state handles elections. He moved from Seattle to Birch Bay near Bellingham... [read more]

Should Democrats Be Allowed To Handle Ballots?
by Jim Miller, 11:53 AM, 46 Comments
All right, I am being sarcastic, but consider some recent history.  Nearly all of the problems in Florida during the 2000 election occurred in counties with Democratic election boards, counties with long histories of mismanagement and fraud. And now we... [read more]

Daily Briefs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:02 AM, 58 Comments
The State Supreme Court has rejected the Democrats' request to review all previously rejected ballots. A welcome relief. The Seattle Times' David Postman has more -- The Department of Social and Health Services appears to be obstructing State Auditor Brian... [read more]

December 13, 2004
Are Vote Counting Errors Random?
by Jim Miller, 04:25 PM, 39 Comments
This is not a post I enjoy writing, but I think I should prepare my fellow Republicans for some possible bad news. Let me begin by saying that the answer to my question is no.  People tend to make mistakes... [read more]

Horse Math Alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:07 PM, 26 Comments
Our good friends over at the Horse's Math blog (think of a circus horse that pretends to count to three by stomping its hoof) continue to perform math tricks for their readers. I thought I’d take a look at a... [read more]

Here and There
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:52 AM, 13 Comments
The State Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this afternoon at 1:30 in the Democrats' suit to change the rules for manual recounts. The Olympian reports that the oral arguments will be covered live via TVW, Channel 23, and by... [read more]

December 10, 2004
"Now or never"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 PM, 14 Comments
Dino Rossi needs YOU to help out as a recount observer. A Sound Politics reader e-mails: My wife spent the day as a Republican observer at the recount center near the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. She says that... [read more]

Some Democrats Won't Give Up the Governor's Office
by Jim Miller, 02:27 PM, 29 Comments
Until their cold dead fingers are dragged away from it.  That's how I interpret this story. Even if Republican Dino Rossi wins the hand recount of the state’s extraordinary governor’s race, a never-before-used provision in the state constitution could allow... [read more]

Governor for All of Washington
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 3 Comments
Even though the Democrats have been trying to overturn his two election count victories through legal manoeuvres, Governor-Elect Dino Rossi is acting like a Governor-Elect, travelling the state, meeting constituents and showing his support for various community groups. In the... [read more]

Fisking Rick Steves
by Brian Crouch, 08:57 AM, 21 Comments
Rick Steves is well known nationally as the European travel guru; locally he is also known as the guy who argued that the city of Edmonds should take down US flags, raised in support of our troops being sent overseas... [read more]

December 09, 2004
Recount by the numbers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:54 PM, 34 Comments
Here are some interesting numbers to mull over: Counties reported: 10, representing ~4% of the statewide vote Rossi's lead over Gregoire in the counties that have reported: +683, or a margin of +0.6686% Net new two-party votes since the machine... [read more]

Locke's Tepid Course For The DNC
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:23 PM, 9 Comments
Is outgoing Washington Gov. Gary Locke auditioning for DNC Chairman in yesterday's New York Times? I dunno, but here's some rote, half-hearted shtik from Locke on the op-ed pages (free reg. req.) about what the next DNC chairman needs to... [read more]

What she didn't know ...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 5 Comments
Christine Gregoire claims that she didn't know about the Democrats' motion to the Supreme Court to count all of the previously rejected ballots: Gregoire, a career attorney and three-term Democratic attorney general, said she didn't see the suit before it... [read more]

T-r-e-n-d
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 32 Comments
As mentioned by some commenters in previous posts, recount numbers continue to trickle in. In addition to yesterday's reports from Mason and Garfield, Skamania and Wahkiakum have reported today. Rossi ended yesterday +45. His lead has now grown to +46.... [read more]

Another Guesstimate On Distributed Vote Fraud
by Jim Miller, 08:28 AM, 13 Comments
In this post, I described the problem of "distributed vote fraud" and in this following post, I gave it that name.   (If you missed those posts, what I mean by "distributed vote fraud" is the illegal votes cast by... [read more]

December 08, 2004
Into the abyss
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 PM, 26 Comments
Oh dear, I leave my desk for only a couple of hours and when I come back I find dozens of emails informing me that two counties have turned in their manual recounts already, increasing Dino Rossi's lead to 45... [read more]

Pork Barrel Performance Art
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:46 PM, 3 Comments
Our favorite useless boondoggle "public transportation" agency is now hiring a "performance artist in residence" (How's that for "mission creep"!) The Sound Transit Art Program (Washington State)is seeking an artist in residence for the year 2005. The artist will work... [read more]

Global Warming
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:03 PM, 18 Comments
Outgoing Gov. Gary Locke today announced his strategy to end global warming. With any luck we can reverse natural climate fluctuations, revert to the last Ice Age and bring the Mastodon back to Sequim. In any event, global warming should... [read more]

Imaginary Playmates
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 17 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a delightful front-page story about psychological research on young children and their imaginary playmates. a 7-year-old boy, described his pal "Skateboard Guy" as an invisible 11-year-old who lived in his pocket and popped up at boring... [read more]

Vote Counting Reseach
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 15 Comments
A few days ago I mentioned a research paper about errror rates in vote counting that could conceivably shed light on the recount fiasco here in Washington. The paper is called "Using Recounts to Measure the Accuracy of Vote Tabulations:... [read more]

December 07, 2004
Late-Nite Recount Roundup
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 PM, 27 Comments
Sheesh. There's so much happening, we need to do recount roundups several times a day now. -- Mac at the "Pull On Superman's Cape" blog has a report from Dino Rossi's "Don't Change the Rules" Rally this evening -- The... [read more]

Gribbles, Grickels and the Tunnel of Love
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:09 PM, 17 Comments
Seattle's fiscally incontinent Mayor Greg Nickels wants to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel, even though it would be vastly more expensive than simply rebuilding the Viaduct. The Viaduct needs to be replaced, because: The nearby seawall is... [read more]

Unions counting every vote ... for Gregoire
by Marsha Michaelis, 02:59 PM, 24 Comments
Latest release from the Evergreen Freedom Foundation: OLYMPIA, WA -- Necessity is motivating the Washington Education Association (WEA) and other unions to discard any facade of merely pursuing the interests of workers. Yesterday, the WEA sent out an urgent memo... [read more]

"That was then, this is now"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:27 PM, 25 Comments
You can't get any more hypocritical than this. Christine Gregoire and the Sorelosercrats are now filing suits to change the vote counting rules for their second recount. But during a 1996 recount, Attorney General Christine Gregoire advised the Secretary of... [read more]

Recount Roundup
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 18 Comments
King County is hiring ballot counters supplied by the parties, so that all ballots will be counted by a team of three: One Republican appointee, one Democrat appointee and one county employee. The Democrats object to this, apparently believing that... [read more]

December 06, 2004
King County Scuttlebutt
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 PM, 22 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims, the Robert Mugabe of Washington politics, has concluded that he might face difficulty getting himself re-elected next year. Lacking any skills that are useful to anybody in the private sector, Governor-pretender Christine Gregoire has promised... [read more]

Elway Poll: No New Ballots in Recount
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:38 PM, 12 Comments
Surveying 405 registered Washington voters yesterday for the Republican Governors Association, independent Seattle pollster Stuart Elway found that by a margin of 68 percent to 25 percent, voters do not approve of uncounted ballots being tallied in the upcoming hand... [read more]

Recount Madness
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:51 PM, 27 Comments
Today's Associated Press story confirms what we learned from Sec. of State Sam Reed two weeks ago: Snohomish and Yakima Counties will conduct their hand recount by printing out paper records of tens of thousands of electronic votes for which... [read more]

Blame the Internet for Big Media's failure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 6 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial: The hoax played against British Broadcasting Corp. Friday is the downside of the Internet: Though it can instantly communicate knowledge and truth, it also can instantly communicate lies. So too can the British BROADCASTING Corporation, which... [read more]

December 04, 2004
Comments are back on
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:02 PM, 17 Comments
Comments are back on. We've been using MT-Blacklist for several months and it's done reasonably well. Last night we had an unprecedented and overwhelming flood of comment spam that brought the server to its knees. The only solution seemed to... [read more]

What Kind Of People Don't Know How To Vote?
by Jim Miller, 03:36 PM, 25 Comments
Democrats, mostly.   That's the conclusion I draw from latest Ohio election results. President Bush's victory over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in Ohio was closer than the unofficial election night totals showed, according to county-by-county results made available Friday, but... [read more]

Horsing around with statistics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 AM, 21 Comments
My good friend David Goldstein of the Horse Manure blog ("straight poop" from the Horse's Ass, in his own words) dumps a pile of horse product on his readers with his posting about error rates in vote counting machines: With... [read more]

December 03, 2004
Full state hand job here we come!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:35 PM, 89 Comments
This just in Less than a day after Democrat Christine Gregoire vowed to concede the race for governor unless Democrats come up with enough money for a full rather than partial vote recount, her party said it had the money... [read more]

Bad Cop, Bad Cop
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 9 Comments
Christine Gregoire and Paul Berendt seem to be trying to play a form of "Good Cop, Bad Cop" Democrat Christine Gregoire says she will concede the governor's race to Dino Rossi today unless her party raises enough money for a... [read more]

The real "Tacoma Aroma"
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:16 AM, 3 Comments
The real source of the "Tacoma Aroma" is local government. Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg made front page in the South Sound section of The News Tribune today for illegally spending taxpayer dollars to lobby taxpayers for higher taxes. We're... [read more]

December 02, 2004
"Count every vote"? Riiiight
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:21 PM, 30 Comments
The Gregoire/Kerry/Muckleshoot campaign is now threatening to sue every last one of us unless all of the previously disqualified ballots are counted again. Then again, you know that they'll still sue every last one of us if Gregoire loses for... [read more]

A Bright Light in Sunbreak City
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:50 PM, 0 Comments
Doug "Democrats for Bush" Anderson, a guitarist, poet and writer who lives in Seattle's very cool, and exceptionally multi-cultural Mount Baker neighborhood, is back to blogging at his main site, Sunbreak City. Take a look. It's more geared to literature... [read more]

"Operation Red Washington"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:55 PM, 18 Comments
Tim Goddard has an excellent post mortem of Republican mistakes this election cycle, and explains: I don’t bring these miscues up to rub anyone’s nose in it, not to embarass or humiliate anyone. I bring them up merely to point... [read more]

Gregoire Might Concede
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 53 Comments
Just posted at the Seattle Times: "Gregoire says recount the whole state or don't recount at all" Democrat Christine Gregoire said this morning that if her party doesn't raise the money for a statewide recount, she will concede the governor's... [read more]

More Puget Sound Pork
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 1 Comments
More examples of Puget Sound Pork, reported by Danny Westneat: First, there is $1 million for the Norwegian American Foundation: The 3-year-old foundation had asked for the money earlier this year, to honor the 100th anniversary of Norway's independence from... [read more]

Monorail Evil
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 21 Comments
If you're not yet convinced that the Seattle Monorail Project is an evil rogue agency, consider the case of the Kubota family: Henry Kubota hung onto his little triangle of land near Pioneer Square, even after being sent to a... [read more]

Screwing the Taxpayers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 3 Comments
KING5-TV reports that "Small districts bear cost of election recount" Because of the way that election costs are apportioned, any district that had a candidate race or initiative on the ballot this November will be stuck with the rest of... [read more]

Recount Follies (ctd.)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:36 AM, 20 Comments
Even though John Kerry didn't have the chance to recount and litigate his way into the White House, he's doing his bit to help try to steal the election for Christine Gregoire: Former presidential candidate John Kerry contributed at least... [read more]

December 01, 2004
What a hand recount means
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 PM, 6 Comments
From Secretary of State Sam Reed's press conference last Wednesday (Nov. 24) regarding the prospect of a hand recount: Each time we count we're going to be moving ballots around and particularly the punch cards, in my experience, being a... [read more]

Follow-up to "Dems Wild Claims"
by Brian Crouch, 01:11 PM, 22 Comments
We have a clarification on the Democrats' claim (see the post below) that "The error for voting machines is somewhere between 1 and 2 percent". This is from the Assistant Elections Director for Voter Services:Mr. Crouch, The statement that the... [read more]

The Democrats' Wild Claims
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 20 Comments
The Democratic National Committee sent out this "Action Alert" begging for money to help steal the Washington gubernatorial race: I need your immediate help. You've probably heard about the extremely close race for governor here in Washington. Only 42 votes... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:30 AM, 11 Comments
Today on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial page, Thomas Shapley has one of the best columns I've read anywhere about our vote counting mess. Seriously. "Voting a right, so do it right" Voting is a right. But it comes with the... [read more]

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