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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 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.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

An Open Letter To The New York Times

One month ago, the New York Times urged Washington state to "count every vote" in our governor's race, repeating the slogan so popular among Democratic activists and editorial writers.

We now know, thanks to investigations by the Republican party, the BIAW, a building trades association, and individual bloggers, particularly Stefan Sharkansky of Sound Politics, that some counties in Washington state followed the Times' advice. For example, King County, which includes the Democratic stronghold of Seattle, counted votes from dead people, from felons, and from hundreds of provisional voters without checking. All in all, King County counted nearly 2,000 more votes than voters.

King County did not quite count every vote. They did not count 22 ballots found in voting machines after the election, and they did not count some military ballots that soldiers and Marines in Iraq received after the election. But they came close.

And so how do Washington's voters feel about this effort to "count every vote?" Polls show that a large majority of the state's voters do not consider Christine Gregoire's victory legitimate and want a re-vote. This mess provides more evidence that the correct slogan is not "count every vote," but "count every legitimate vote — once."


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