Cheating Suspected in Washington Vote
Cheating suspected in vote (Washington Times)
Republicans in Washington state suspect Democrats, with 500 patronage jobs at risk, are cheating in what is now the unprecedented third counting of the 2,883,341 ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election for governor. In the current hand recount, Democrats keep discovering untabulated ballots. The state’s Republicans, who thought they had elected Dino Rossi as the first Republican governor in 20 years, are furious. State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance says he can’t decide whether Democrat officials in heavily Democratic King County Ã¢€” where uncounted or improperly discarded ballots keep popping up Ã¢€” are “colossally incompetent or completely corrupt.”
“This is the third time King County has added numbers to the pool,” says Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane. She said that two days before officials were to certify the election, King County announced it had 10,000 more ballots than it had originally thought. During a machine recount, King County announced it had found more than 1,000 additional ballots. Then, on the morning that the state Supreme Court was due to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over the disputed election, King County said it discovered 561 ballots that had been improperly thrown out. Officials in the Democrat-dominated county later turned up two more batches of ballots in the bottom of boxes. “It’s a troubling pattern,” Miss Lane says.