recallreed blog

This blog is established to recall Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed for failure to perform his duty. You may comment and submit information on-line. If you would like to help, contact Linda Jordan, State Coordinator, at recall@comcast.net. People are encouraged to download, print and share the petition text with others but petitions for signature gathering can not be printed until the Attorney General writes the ballot synopsis and the sufficiency of the charges are upheld in Court.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Evidence supporting Petition for Recall of Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/1/prweb200951.php

Charge 1

King County alone counted approximately 1,800 more votes than the number of people who actually voted. Mr. Reed was aware of this discrepancy before the certification date.

1. ‘Doubts linger as Gregoire win certified’, Seattle Times, 12/31/04


“But the issue of mismatched numbers in King County came as a surprise to him. And while he said some discrepancy is not unusual as counties reconcile records after an election, the number in King County is large enough that he sent a staff member to investigate.”

2. ‘GOP seeks criminal records’ Seattle Times, 1/14/05 “Republicans also included in their case evidence of errors in King County, including an 1,800-vote gap between the number of ballots cast and the list of voters, and 348 mishandled provisional ballots.”

3. ‘PRESS RELEASE, January 20, 2005, EFF launches two new projects to ensure free and fair elections in Washington state’


“A soon-to-be-released report will detail VIP’s investigation, which has uncovered or substantiated some startling and disappointing facts. Among them: More than 55,000 ballots "enhanced" by election workers; more ballots counted than cast; newly "discovered" ballots illegally added to the count; voting by felons, dead people and the homeless; 3,500 duplicate absentee ballots sent in King County; some military ballots sent too late; violation of privacy rights; improper election certification; etc.”

4.The Wall Street Journal January 12, 2005 WSJ


“Mr. Rossi certainly has a mountain of evidence on his side. In December, officials in King County...discovered 573 "erroneously rejected" absentee ballots, plus another 150 uncounted ones that showed up in a South Seattle warehouse. There were reports that hundreds of voters were registered in storage rental facilities and private mailboxes, that felons had voted, and that military ballots were sent out too late to be counted. Then we learned that several hundred provisional ballots had simply been fed into voting machines, making it impossible to authenticate their legality. Now it turns out the number of votes cast in King County exceeds the total number of voters by about 1,800.”

5. ‘Tuesday, 09:16 A.M. Pacific ‘New error found in vote tally’ January 11, 2005, Seattle Times


"Oops — never mind. Three days after King County election officials explained most of a controversial discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and voters known to have voted, the gap has grown again. After whittling the discrepancy from 3,539 votes to 1,217 last week, officials yesterday said they had made a mistake. The number of votes now unaccounted for is "somewhere around 1,800," county Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens said yesterday.”

Charge 2

After election day (11/2/04) King County "discovered" additional ballots 9 different times (as of 01/10/2005); Mr. Reed was aware of this anomaly before the certification date.

1. The Wall Street Journal ^ January 12, 2005 WSJ


“Mr. Rossi certainly has a mountain of evidence on his side. In December, officials in King County...discovered 573 "erroneously rejected" absentee ballots, plus another 150 uncounted ones that showed up in a South Seattle warehouse. There were reports that hundreds of voters were registered in storage rental facilities and private mailboxes, that felons had voted, and that military ballots were sent out too late to be counted. Then we learned that several hundred provisional ballots had simply been fed into voting machines, making it impossible to authenticate their legality. Now it turns out the number of votes cast in King County exceeds the total number of voters by about 1,800.”

2. ‘Other counties added votes in recount’ Tuesday, December 21, 2004, Seattle PI

“But 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. That means, depending on the state Supreme Court's decision, the counties may have to recount yet again, the Secretary of State's Office said yesterday.”

“State Elections Director Nick Handy said in an affidavit that at least five other counties found ballots and added them into recounts.”“Snohomish County found 224 valid ballots buried under empty mail trays. They weren't included in the original count, but the county canvassing board added them to the machine recount.”

“Meanwhile King County elections officials yesterday scrutinized another batch of ballots that could affect the race. One by one for more than five hours yesterday, more than 1,600 ballots cast by voters were held up to the glare of lights -- to be inspected, vetted and otherwise interpreted by the county's three-member canvassing board. The ballots -- all of which had been previously tabulated by voting machines in the initial election and an ensuing machine-recount -- were votes that elections workers conducting a third and final count of King County ballots could not determine voter's intent.”

“Also yesterday, the King County Canvassing Board chose to wait to decide until the Supreme Court issues its ruling on whether another batch of controversial ballots -- 20 absentee ballots and two provisional ballots -- should be part of the county's recount. Those 22 ballots were discovered only last week in the side bins of voting machine base units left at some polling places. At this point, county elections workers can't confirm if those ballots were always secure.”

Charge 3

In King County Poll workers admitted they fed at least 348 provisional ballots directly into counting machines, commingling them with legal ballots and circumventing the process of keeping them out of the count until they were canvassed and proven to be legal. Mr. Reed was aware of this violation before the date of certification.

1. ‘GOP seeks criminal records’ Seattle Times, 1/14/05


“Republicans also included in their case evidence of errors in King County, including an 1,800-vote gap between the number of ballots cast and the list of voters, and 348 mishandled provisional ballots.”

2. The Wall Street Journal January 12, 2005 WSJ

“Mr. Rossi certainly has a mountain of evidence on his side. In December, officials in King County...discovered 573 "erroneously rejected" absentee ballots, plus another 150 uncounted ones that showed up in a South Seattle warehouse. There were reports that hundreds of voters were registered in storage rental facilities and private mailboxes, that felons had voted, and that military ballots were sent out too late to be counted. Then we learned that several hundred provisional ballots had simply been fed into voting machines, making it impossible to authenticate their legality. Now it turns out the number of votes cast in King County exceeds the total number of voters by about 1,800.”

3. ‘Tuesday, 09:16 A.M. Pacific

‘New error found in vote tally’ January 11, 2005, Seattle Times“ In addition to the approximately 1,800 votes county officials can't account for, Logan said up to 348 voters improperly put provisional ballots into counting machines at polling places before their signatures or eligibility had been verified.”


Charge 4

Elections workers "enhanced" more than 55,000 ballots, and contrary to state law, they permanently obscured the original marks on many, preventing a review of their decisions; Mr. Reed was aware of this violation before the date of certification.

1. ‘PRESS RELEASE, January 20, 2005, EFF launches two new projects to ensure free and fair elections in Washington state’

“A soon-to-be-released report will detail VIP’s investigation, which has uncovered or substantiated some startling and disappointing facts. Among them: More than 55,000 ballots "enhanced" by election workers; more ballots counted than cast; newly "discovered" ballots illegally added to the count; voting by felons, dead people and the homeless; 3,500 duplicate absentee ballots sent in King County; some military ballots sent too late; violation of privacy rights; improper election certification; etc.”

2. ‘Florida Northwest, Will Democrats steal the Washington governorship?’John Fund, Monday, November 29, 2004

“More than 700 previously uncounted ballots were added to the county's total after election officials "enhanced" them to better divine voter intent. When optical scan machines didn't accept ballots, workers would fill in ovals on ballots or create duplicate ballots if they felt the voter had meant to register a choice. Hanging chads, meet empty ovals. Through this process, Ms. Gregoire gained 245 votes in King County, dwarfing the shifts to either candidate in any other county.”

3. ‘A governor by Christmas?’ November 29, 2004, Seattle Times

“Republican leaders were angered by King County's handling of ballots that were rejected by the counting machines due to voter errors. In many cases, election workers were trying to determine voter intent and then duplicating, or "enhancing," the ballots so they could be tallied.”

Charge 5


There are at least 557 names in the January 7, 2004 King County Voter Data Base for people who voted on Nov. 2,2004 but who weren't listed in the November 1, 2004 King County Voter Data Base. Only 94 of the 557 names are in the December 29, 2004 King County Voter Data Base. 280 of the 557 are shown to have registered on dates between June 7, 2004 and Oct. 2, 2004, yet their names did not appear in any of the earlier versions of the King County voter databases. Mr. Reed was aware of this serious discrepancy before the certification date.

1. ‘557 Magical Mystery People’ Sound Politics 1/08/05

“Here's another fascinating discovery from the latest King County voter file.[I now have four versions of the King County voter registration file, cut on June 1, Nov. 1, Dec. 29, 2004 and Jan. 7, 2005.] There are 557 names in the Jan. 7 file for people who supposedly voted on Nov. 2, but who weren't listed in the Nov. 1 file. Only 94 of the 557 are in the Dec. 29 file. There are a number of pre-2004 registration dates among the 557, but many of these aren't in the June file. 280 of the 557 are shown to have registered on dates between Jun 7, 2004 and Oct. 2, 2004, yet did not appear in any of the earlier versions of the King County voter databases.”

Charge 6

Seattle's Precinct 1823 counted 343 ballots, which is 71 more ballots than the 272 voters who cast them. This is the single largest discrepancy between ballots and voters in all of King County. Nearly all of the discrepancy is due to "provisional ballots". Mr. Reed was aware of this serious inconsistency before the date of certification.

1. Sound Politics 1/01/2005

“Seattle's Precinct 1823 counted 343 ballots, which is 71 more ballots than the 272 voters who cast them. This is the single largest discrepancy between ballots and voters in all of King County. Nearly all of the discrepancy is due to "provisional ballots".”

Charge 7

In violation of WAC 434-262-080, WAC 434-262-090 and WAC 434-262-100, Mr. Reed accepted, as complete, the abstract of votes from 24 counties even though they did not provide all the material required by statute and regulations.

1. ‘POLICY HIGHLIGHTER Volume 15, Number 2, January 13, 2005, Evergreen Freedom Foundation’

‘Secretary of State improperly certified election’

On January 5, EFF requested a copy of each county's certified abstract of the recount in accordance with WAC 434-262-080. The documents provided in response were received January 11. The information was available on January 7, but EFF staff was informed that an attorney had to review it first. This legal review apparently occurred around 3 p.m. on January 11, after the legislature had certified the gubernatorial election.

Not provided, however, was the "written narrative documenting errors and discrepancies discovered and corrective action taken." The Secretary of State says no written narratives have been provided by the counties which means one of two things: 1) counties are in violation of WAC 434-262-080, or 2) no "errors and discrepancies" or "corrective action" occurred.

Among the records that were provided:

1. Clark County - No sworn affidavit was provided. The county also did not provide the total number of active registered voters in all precincts; total of inactive; total number of all registered voters and the total votes cast.

2. Garfield County - No sworn affidavit was provided. The county also did not provide the total number of active registered voters in all precincts; total of inactive; total number of all registered voters and the total votes cast.

3. King County - No sworn affidavit was provided. The county also did not provide the total number of active registered voters in all precincts; total of inactive; total number of all registered voters and the total votes cast.

The following counties' vote abstracts failed to include the county seal as required by WAC 434-262-070 and 080: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Snohomish, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla and Whitman. In certifying the manual recount despite these violations, the Secretary of State was not in compliance with state law.

Charge 8

Reed violated RCW 29A.04.610 by failing to perform many of the duties detailed therein, including;

A) Failure to examine and test voting systems for certification;
B) Failure to employ standards and procedures to ensure the accurate tabulation and canvassing of ballots;
C) Failure to ensure consistency among the counties of the state in the preparation of ballots, the operation of vote tallying systems, and the canvassing of primaries and elections;
D) Failure to ensure procedures to receive and distribute voter registration applications by mail;
E) Failure to engage in the testing, approval, and certification of voting systems;
F) Failure to enforce standards and procedures to prevent fraud and to facilitate the accurate processing and canvassing of absentee ballots and mail ballots;
G) Failure to enforce uniformity among the counties of the state in the conduct of absentee voting and mail ballot elections;
H) Failure to implement standards and procedures to accommodate out-of-state voters, overseas voters, and service voters;
I) Failure to enforce procedures for conducting a statutory recount;

1. Articles and Documents listed in Charge 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, and 9.

2. ‘Untested voting systems used, State let seven counties bypass checks for federal standards’ Saturday, January 8, 2005, Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Voting systems in King, Pierce, Snohomish and four other counties skipped typically required testing procedures before being used in last fall's elections. But although the systems weren't tested to ensure they properly functioned to federal standards, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed said he's confident they tallied and recorded ballots accurately. The lack of outside testing "didn't affect the way the ballots were counted in King County or anywhere else," Reed, a Republican, said this week.”

Charge 9

Failure to withhold certification of the third, final and manual recount of the November 2, 2004 election, an election he knew was wrought with violations of election laws and regulations.

1.‘Doubts linger as Gregoire win certified’, Seattle Times, 12/31/04

“Reed. A Republican, said the election was fair. He said there were serious errors in the initial count and two recounts, but that the system worked well and those problems were fixed.”

“But why did he certify the election if the numbers are in doubt? “What I signed was a certification for the numbers that were submitted to us by the counties,” he said. “I am not in a judicial or an investigative role here.”

2.’Secretary of State releases review of King County elections, News ReleaseIssued: February 13, 2003' Secretary of State Sam Reed“The problems that surfaced in King County during last year’s election cycle threatened the fundamental right to vote,” said Reed. “The citizens of this state are counting on King County to embrace change, implement solutions and administer successful elections in the future.”

“In December, the Secretary of State’s Office interviewed King County employees, voting system vendors, and representatives from the U.S. Post Office. The Secretary of State has concluded the mailing delays were caused by a combination of factors. The most important was King County’s difficulty in programming the system it uses to lay out ballots prior to printing.”

2 Comments:

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Josef said...

Nice array of facts. Now, who'll replace SecState Sam Reed? Answer that, I'm on board.

Josef of Josef's Public Journal
http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=42711&page=4&pp=20

Irrational

Petition filed to recall Secretary of State Sam Reed

Gee, do you think they're upset? Fed up with not getting their way, a yet-unnamed group has filed a petition to recall Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. The petition was e-mailed to the state yesterday by Martin Ringhofer, who ran a failed campaign for Seattle School Board in 1999.

Reed, a Republican who was sworn in for a new term yesterday, was not worried. "I haven't seen what they filed, but what I've done is upheld my office and complied with the state laws for Washington ... I would have to say that no one in the course of this has asked me to do anything improper or unfair."

According to state law, once the petition has been received by the office of the Secretary of State, a Superior Court judge from Reed's legislative district must certify whether the charge is sufficient to warrant recall. Such a ruling would not speak to the truth of the charge. From that point, petition supporters have 180 days to collect over 342,000 signatures in order to secure a place on the state ballot.

Rhetoric such as "malfeasance" and "violation of oath" swirl around Reed's certification of Democrat Christine Gregoire as governor. While acknowledging irregularities, though, Reed has said there was nothing significant enough to keep him from certifying the election results.

How many examples must we endure? Once again the conservatives turn logic on its ear, this time accusing malfeasance in the act of complying with the law. This election season has seen this odd distortion in many forms. Washington state Republicans argued that due process was served only by suspension of the federal constitutional right to vote. Homophobe traditionalists in Oregon charged that democracy was suspended when county officials complied with the law.

John Kerry is unfit to hold office because he voted against a bad appropriations bill including several specific military programs, but Dick Cheney should have no conflicts for sitting in front of Congress and explaining why those very programs should be terminated.

As Zell Miller showed with his GOP convention speech, the only way to get an audience with Republicans is to lie.

As this election shows, the only outcome Republicans find fair is one by which they win.

It's time for the GOP and its supporters to let go of the past, and look to the future. If this election doesn't demand reform, then I have no idea where in the Universe the boundary lies. Yet conservatives won't look forward to reform as long as they think they can look back and beg for another chance.

And they're wrong to do so. This blue state may be out of touch with "middle America", but it's not out of touch with reality. Our Republicans are, but that's the price, apparently, of playing to "middle America": oppose the U.S. Constitution, reject due process, and whine like petty children whenever you don't get your way.

Pulling a rabbit from the hat won't help the GOP at this point. They need to be able to find an elephant in there. Pink, white, or polka-dotted, it doesn't matter: it's just not there.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

Site Meter