Wow this is getting bizarre. I traditionally like to give election officials the benefit of the doubt. Theirs’ is a thankless job where you are often wrong no matter what you do. But having said that, this is getting out of hand.
An unknown number of provisional voters, some of whom may not even have been registered to vote, improperly put their ballots directly into vote-counting machines at polling places, King County’s elections superintendent said yesterday.
Once those ballots went into the machines, there was no way to separate them from legitimate ballots.
Provisional ballots are given on Election Day to voters who show up at the wrong precinct or whose registration is in question. The ballots are supposed to be put inside two envelopes, with the voter’s name, address and signature on the outside, and counted only after the voter’s status is verified.
Officials may never know exactly how many provisional ballots were improperly fed into voting machines, but a current review of polling-place records will give some indication of how widespread the problem was, county Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens said.
Improperly cast provisional votes could play a role in a possible Republican challenge of Democrat Christine Gregoire’s 129-vote victory over Republican Dino Rossi, whose campaign is preparing to ask that the election be set aside.
Miscast provisional votes could be one reason the number of ballots counted in King County outnumbered the list of voters who voted by 3,539.
The Republican won the race after the first count by a few thousand votes. After the second count he was still the winner. Then after a third count, in King County a Democrat stronghold, the Democrat wins by just 129 votes — but we know there are 3,539 bogus votes.
If ever there was a need for a revote in this country, this is it. Thank God this is a Governor’s race and not for the Presidency.