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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Secretary of State improperly certified election

http://www.effwa.org/highlighters/v15_n2.php

By law, the Secretary of State (SOS) can only certify the results of a statewide election when that office receives a certified copy from each county of its abstract of votes containing specific information and an attached county seal for verification. Based on information provided by SOS in response to a public records request filed by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF), 24 of our 39 counties failed to provide all the required information for certification. Twenty-one didn't attach the county seal verifying accuracy of certification and three counties didn't even provide a sworn affidavit. Nonetheless, the Secretary of State certified the results of the manual recount.

Consider the following Secretary of State Washington Administrative Code (WAC) requirements (bolding is ours):

WAC 434-262-070: "Upon completion of the verification of the auditor's abstract of votes and the documentation of any corrective action taken, the county canvassing board shall sign a certification that the abstract is a full, true, and correct representation of the votes cast for the issues and offices listed thereon. The certification shall also state the total number of registered voters and votes cast in the county. The certification shall contain the oath required by RCW 29A.60.200, signed by the county auditor and attested to by the chairman of the board of the county legislative authority, and shall have a space where the official seal of the county shall be attached...."

WAC 434-262-080: "No later than the next business day following the certification . . . the county auditor shall send a certified copy of that part of the auditor's abstract of votes covering those issues and offices to the secretary of state. This copy must . . . have a certificate identical to that accompanying the official county canvass report, bearing the county seal and original signatures of the officers required to sign that document attached or affixed thereto. A copy of the written narrative documenting errors and discrepancies discovered and corrective action taken shall accompany the abstract if applicable...."

WAC 434-262-090: "... No county's certified copy of the abstract of votes shall be considered as complete for acceptance by the secretary of state until all of the material required by statute and regulation has been received by the secretary of state...."

WAC 434-262-100: "Upon receipt of a complete certified copy of the auditor's abstract of votes from a county auditor, the secretary of state shall proceed to include the results from that abstract in the official canvass of the primary, special, or general election prepared by that office...."

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 were 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. Though the legislature has now certified the election, hearings should be held to determine the causes for these election violations. Those responsible must be held accountable, and corrective action must be taken immediately.

Note: EFF will be releasing a detailed election analysis in the near future identifying additional violations of state and federal election law. For more details, please visit EFF's Voter Integrity Project.

Prepared by: Bob Williams | President and Senior Research Analyst | 360.956.3482

7 Comments:

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot sign the petition because I no longer live in WA, however I am for it.

One of the reasons I had to move is because of Sam Reed.
I have a protection order which is not related to Domestic Violence.

Both Sam Reed and Christine Gregoire, along with Bob Terwilliger and Carlos Sullivan in Snohomish County, refused to allow me to continue with my safe voting certification in 2000.

This help for voters is only allowed under the Address Confidentiality program run by Reed's office. There are thousands of WA residents who do not vote because they do not meet the narrow definition of the program. I tried to get the law changed but after two years I got nowhere.

In WA it is against both state and federal law to set up classes of recipients.

This is another reason to Recall Reed.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commissar Sam Reed....

How does is it feel to preside over & certify the most corrupt election in the United States since Mayor Daley's corrupt Chicago precincts in the Nixon-Kennedy 1960 election?

You are either incredibly incompetent, deviously corrupt or a fool..... or a combination of all three, which is my view. You conferred legitimacy unto Gregoire in the face of massive illegal votes being cast, provisional ballots cast without verification, 8539 phantom bogus voters in 5 counties including the most corrupt county of all, King County, illegal felons voting, military voters receiving late ballots and thus their votes not being counted, and the list goes on.

You are deviously corrupt and incredibly incompetent for allowing this massive fraud and then certifying the most corrupt election in the United States. Your corrupt brethren in the Ukraine and former Soviet Union are proud of you.

You are despicably corrupt, incredibly incompetent and a fool. Even if you are successful in sustaining & pulling off this fraud, the people are now aware of your corruptness and incompetence....

You have been found out!!!

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This letter was sent to Sam Reed's Office in response to the letter written by someone from Sam Reed's Office:

"You and Sec of State Reed are wrong morally, ethically & administratively in your view of upholding the law or Reed's Oath of office. I will refute your rationalizations & spin attempts one by one.

Following WW II at the Nuremberg trials, Nazis claimed that they were "only following orders" in their actions to gas, kill & burn over 6 million Jews, Slavs & CHRISTIANS. This defense was rejected outright. Your ethical & moral obligation as a citizen and elected official (Reed) outweighs the pretext of hiding behind some legalistic job description. Sec of State Sam Reed had a MORAL & ETHICAL obligation to uphold the law and should have REFUSED to certify tainted results, which were already known prior to the 3rd and final fraudulent manual recount. His first obligation is to the voters of the state of Washington, NOT to Article III, Section 17 of the Washington State Constitution and Chapter 43.07 of the Revised Code of Washington! In my job, if I ever used the excuse of "I'm just following orders or doing my job description" I would most likely be docked in my annual appraisal or perhaps even fired for being a mindless robot. I am sure the cheaters & defrauders in the Ukraine used the same arguments as Reed.... "Just following orders or pretext of the law".

Secondly, the number of 8,500 votes outweighing voter registrations in just 5 counties (King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Kitsap) FOR THIS CURRENT ELECTION is staggering, given the fact that the deciding numbers of votes is Gregoires fraudulent victory is only 129 votes.

To listen to your feeble attempt to explain the difference as being "registered voters that are enrolled in the State Address Confidentiality Program. These are people that have been victims of violent crimes and whose safety requires absolute anonymity in public records" is just plain stupid & illogical. This may encompass a couple hundred votes at best... NOT 8,500 votes. And by the way, given the seriousness & likelihood of fraud, I am sure that someone on the Rossi campaign, if not Rossi himself, could be entrusted to view the specific voters not listed due to confidentiality.

And by the way, how stupid or incompetent are the election officials or auditors in these five counties? How can you possibly attest to the accuracy & legitimacy of a manual recount when these officials now claim they will need several months AGAIN to reconcile the differences between voters registered & signed in at the polls vs. votes cast. That is sheer stupidity & an insult to intelligence. How hard could it have possibly been for each precinct at the close of the election to count the ballots cast, the number or voters signed in or registered for this election, and reconcile the difference immediately. The only reason this is not done and now being explained away is because, Well, you just can't cheat otherwise- Duh!

And by the way, the reconciliation of 8,500 bogus votes will be the NEXT major fraud perpetuated because after all, these counties now have to come up with 8,500 or so bogus signatures or post election voter registrations. I hope you or your staff is taking security precautions to prevent this from happening.


Your next phony argument is that Reed is continuing to monitor discrepancies and investigating? YAH RIGHT! Like as in these statements .....
"Based on the information that we've seen and results certified to us by the counties, we are comfortable with the results," said Nick Handy, director of elections for Secretary of State Sam Reed. "We're not aware of any activity that would rise to the level of fraud or serious discrepancies."

or

"Reed, a Republican, said the election was fair. He said there were serious errors during the initial count and two recounts, but that the system worked well and those problems were fixed. "I do not feel that this is a botched election," he said"

or

Wednesday's Seattle Times explains some of the astonishing discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and the number of voters who voted:
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.

So how are you going to distinguish legitimate votes from illegitimate votes and throw out those fraudulent votes, as you claim will happen? How can you tell a good vote from a bad vote? Of the 8,500 vote discrepancy, since the votes are a combination of absentee ballots, poll ballots and provisional ballots, which now have been mixed in the total, how do you know which are good and which are bad? The entire process is now tainted and the entire results must be thrown out and Re-Voted on.

Why Won't Reed SUPPORT and BACK the RE-VOTE? Because obviously he helped perpetuate the fraud, double counting, extra ballots found on 9 occasions, etc., with his rulings during the elections and recounts and now again by certifying FRAUD.

I have no confidence in Reed or in his integrity or that of the "staff" that he has chosen to investigate this that they will report any type of fraud and only minor discrepancies.... after all when you throw a major election, there are numerous people (perhaps even Reed) who will or could be looking at jail time for committing, aiding or abetting fraud.

Next you state that.....

The "certification" (what is legally referred to as filing the amended abstract of the original election results) is a legal formality recognizing that Secretary Reed has received the results of the manual recount from the 39 counties. Secretary Reed had a statutory obligation to sign the amended abstract. The action taken on the 30th of December in no way will impede either candidate, either party, or any registered voter from contesting the election results. It was simply a legally necessary step in the election process.

What a crock of baloney.... by certifying FRAUD Reed confirmed legitimacy upon the illegal election of Gregoire. Reed had a MORAL, ETHICAL & COMPETENCY obligation NOT TO CERTIFY FRAUD... see my comments about Nazis blindly following orders above. Also Gregoire (who declared after the first 2 counts that she was TIED even though behind by 261 & 42 votes respectively) now declares emphatically that she is the "winner" and now is engaged in the following..."Governor-pretend Fraudoire is swanking around and preparing for her coronation as if her margin of votes from felons, double-voting meth addicts and people that don't exist is akin to a popular mandate. Her fellow coup-plotters in the Democrat-controlled legislature are following her in this mockery of democracy ".

Yes, REED, you should be real proud of yourself for certifying and endorsing fraud!

Regarding the military ballots, being sent late and then not counted when they were returned late as a result... COUNT EVERY VOTE.... the DemoRATS mantra (unless it applies to the opposition). The problem is not the deadline of Nov 17. The problem is that Dem counties withheld sending out the ballots and then when ballots were returned after Nov 2 but prior to Nov 17, then disqualified those ballots. Isn't anyone on your staff following up with Rossi & his campaign on this. There are HUNDREDS of these type of examples. Our soldiers are fighting and dying to bring democracy to Iraq only to experience disenfranchisement and a stolen election in Washington State. Congratulations again Sam Reed, you crook!

I find it interesting that only liberal Republicans and fellow fraud DemocRATS like Sec of State NM Rebecca Vigil Giron attest to Reeds honesty and integrity in this election.... but no conservative or God-fearing Repubs or honest Democrats will attest to Reed's honesty and integrity in this whole sordid affair. Rebecca Vigil Giron self-righteously claimed that Reed made Washington a model of democracy unlike Florida in 2000. Believe me, there is no state in the union lower than Washington right now in following or administering honest elections. Congratulations once again Sam Reed.... how do you like that legacy?

You should be ashamed of yourself.

You are unqualified and unfit to be Secretary of State of Washington. If you had any moral decency or integrity you would immediately declare this election to be null and void and to call for a NEW RE-VOTE.

Secondly the ballots must be COUNTED, SEALED and PROTECTED precinct by precinct and NO AFTER THE FACT MISSING BALLOTS or MISPLACED BALLOTS be allowed.

Thirdly the election officials in these 5 counties or any counties must be prosecuted and convicted of voter fraud.

I look forward to your endorsement of these actions."

 
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