The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 January 2005

Aaaaack! More King County Vote Screw-ups Revealed!

It doesn't end! King County, Washington screws up yet again. It still can't explain the ballot gap. Another new mistake revealed Tuesday. The cloud over Christine Gregoire's phony "victory" gets darker by the day. Hope the ReVote rally in Olympia is HUGE.

(Seattle Times)

Oops — never mind.

Three days after King County election officials explained most of a controversial discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and voters known to have voted, the gap has grown again.

After whittling the discrepancy from 3,539 votes to 1,217 last week, officials yesterday said they had made a mistake.

The number of votes now unaccounted for is "somewhere around 1,800," county Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens said yesterday.

It's impossible to come up with a precise number, Huennekens said, because workers are adding and deleting names of registered voters as they update the list in preparation for a Feb. 8 special election.

Huennekens said the numbers released Friday were wrong because the names of 1,003 voters appeared twice on the voter list. Not all of them voted in the November election. Computer experts are trying to figure out why some names were on the list twice.


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