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 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.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

We have grown to 510 visits and 800 page views in one week
by Martin D. Ringhofer
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Launched seven days ago on 01/12/05, with ten visits the first 24 hours, this blog has grown to nearly 160 visits in the past 24 hours. We have had a growing number of e-mails and contacts, all expressing strong support and appreciation for filing the petition calling for the recall of Sam Reed. All in all, we have grown to 510 visits and 800 page views in one week.

A press release has just gone out on PRWeb which goes out to thousands of media and press outlets. If you want to see the release, go to: This site allows anyone to forward to his or her friends, co-workers, and acquaintances at the easy click of the mouse.

A word of appreciation goes to Stefan Sharkansky from who on short notice took time out of his very busy schedule on Sunday 01/09/2005 to meet with me for a half hour to give me some tips on how to start a blog to follow his lead for my hometown of Soap Lake in Grant County. Having had no previous experience in this arena, Stefan’s tips, suggestions and encouragement guided me to create a blog for my hometown, Though the visits have been much more modest, the blog is already carrying news and information about Soap Lake and Grant County unavailable through the local mainstream media outlets.

Without Stefan’s unselfish assistance, the Soap Lake blog would not have happened. It is my goal to follow your example of openness, integrity, and honesty, as we grow the flow of information to those who hunger for news about the communities, and become an outlet for two way communications you have so eloquently shown us all as the way of the future. Stefan: Thank you! Little did I know a little over a week ago that what started with getting the Soap Lake Blog up would end up in the creation of

Here are some of the e-mails we’ve received:

“Through some web searching I understand that you are as mad as my husband and myself about this election. I am with you on the recall of Sam Reed and if there is any petition I can sign to help get him out of office please let me know. Much of my family feels the same way and we want this state to be an honest state, not a dictatorship where elections are set.”

“I voted for Sam Reed but his true colors have shown thru in the way he handled this mess. I agree 100% that he should be recalled. I do hope, though that you will provide a printable petition that can be mailed in.”

“I want you to know that you have my support. I’m waiting to fill out this petition for recall and submit it. Let’s get Reed and Gregoire out of there! Let’s clean it up!”

“I convey to you all my hopes and prayers for this recall of WA SoS Sam Reed to be successful in addition to my hopes & prayers for the court to order a revote in WA to rectify the grossly tainted & fraudulent election of Christine Gregoire.”

“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.”

“Great job on the recall drive! Also yes, I was reading through the latest SoundPolitics and saw your post on the recall drive... great post. “

Thank you all for your generous support as we move forward on this effort. Some have labeled this effort in many ways, none of which are even close to how it all came together. If it had not been for the story which appeared in Saturday’s January 8th Post Intelligencer, featuring a photograph of me holding up a deck of about 40 absentee ballots which King County Elections and Records had been sending to me, 8 years after both my dear parents died: I doubt I’d be involved in much of this.
The response I got to that at work, friends, family, old friends I had not heard from for ten years, was simply mind-boggling. All had the same gut reaction to what we were witnessing before our eyes, helpless bystanders. All said: no, enough is enough, we got to do something. So we did, and we are.

Besides Stefan’s, there is John Carlson, and Kirby Wilbur on KVI, Mike Siegel on KTTH, and dozens of brave citizens whose outrage continues to grow and will not go away until this mess is cleaned up and fixed. Promises of “tomorrow, tomorrow” won’t cut it this time. We are a proud nation governed by laws, not dictated by those we entrust to represent us and when caught doing wrong have every excuse in the book that they only followed orders. There still are some of us left who have studied history, and these excuses today sound just like the excuses told at the Nuremberg trials after the Nazis were virtually allowed to exterminate 6 million innocent human beings. No. Following orders does not cut it, Sam. The RCW’s and the WAC’s are clear. Sam Reed should not have certified the third recount; and once certified, there was more then ample evidence that should have compelled Sam Reed to de-certify… but that was not to be.

For those who are not comfortable at the prospect of a recall election of Sam Reed: there is nothing to lose any sleep over. First, it will be the court that decides if there is sufficient evidence of wrong doing to warrant a recall election. And if the court renders such a decision, it requires 660,000 registered voters who will clearly be scrutinized of their eligibility to cast a “legitimate” vote, whether Sam deserves to get a pink slip. Should we make the cut on that, a campaign will ensure to give all the citizens to make the decision to keep Sam in office, or ask him to retire… and let someone else have his job.

Keep the faith, and don’t be angry, upset, or frustrated. We live in the greatest nation on earth, and together we will forge a more perfect republic and a democracy where all those entitled to legally vote can have their vote counted; those who are not by law entitled are given an opportunity to become a naturalized citizen, and gain the right to vote; those who have lost it can regain it by following legal avenues. Never again ought the members of our armed forces have their vote taken away as it was in this election. And, as to the dead – those who violated a loved one who has died by voting for them deserve public ridicule and some sort of punishment to let it be known: that will never be tolerated again.


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