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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.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Secretary of State Sam Reed in cross-hairs of controversy

Saturday, February 5, 2005 ยท Last updated 7:52 a.m. PT


OLYMPIA, Wash. -- For a happy-go-lucky guy who hates conflict, Secretary of State Sam Reed finds himself the lightning rod for Washington's endless Election from Hell.

"With the megaphone of talk radio, web sites and blogs, critic Martin Ringhofer is launching the recall effort. Ringhofer, who works for Boeing and has homes in Seattle and Soap Lake, says Reed failed in myriad ways to conduct a legitimate election and should be ousted.

"It's not a personal thing," Ringhofer says. "I like him. I voted for him. But what happened here is inexcusable."

If the court allows the recall to proceed, Ringhofer will need well over 600,000 voter signatures to force a new vote on Reed's election.

Reed doesn't seem worried. "Obviously, people have a right to do this," he says. "I feel in many ways that our system worked well, considering that this was an absolutely unprecedented race that ended up with the closest margin in the history of the nation. But it also provided us lessons about where the warts and shortcoming are."

David Ammons is the AP's state political writer and has covered the statehouse since 1971. He may be reached at P.O. Box 607, Olympia, WA 98507, or at


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