Washington’s Felons Chose Governor
Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire won more votes from urbanites in the 2004 election while Dino Rossi, her Republican opponent, got more rural votes. Gregoire had probably more women’s votes and Rossi more from men.
OK, but which candidate captured the hearts of the convicted felons who broke the law by voting? Republicans said in court papers yesterday that at least 1,108 felons voted illegally, as did at least 55 other voters — a total more than eight times as large as Gregoire’s 129-vote margin of victory over Rossi in a hand recount. But Democratic Party lawyers argue that for the Republicans to win their lawsuit to overturn Gregoire’s election, they must prove that those voters substantially favored the Democratic governor — which might require dragging individual felons into court to say for whom they voted.
Since 884 of the 1,108 felons voted illegally in King County, which Gregoire carried with 58 percent of the votes to Rossi’s 40 percent, “that is not good news for Christine Gregoire,” Lane said.
One would think. Rather clearly, though, the courts in Washington are stacked to favor the Democrats. It’s a sad situation.