Washington State Politics
Many of you know that Washington State had a long, drawn out election process to detrmine our Governor. The Republican candidate won the General election by a very narrow margin, and per state law, a recount was completed. The Republican candidate won again, However, the Democraic candidate insisted on a hand recount. This 3rd recount had numerous problems: Ballots not counted in the previous counts were suddenly found and counted; invalid or no signatures on the mail-in ballots, deceased votes counted, voters convicted of felonies were counted, etc. The end result, the Democratic candidate won the manual recount and was declared winner.
There is now a movement to get a revote. The state Republican party has a court date set. However, one legislator, Rep. Jeannie Darneille(D-27) who represents parts of Fife and Tacoma, has written an email addressing the fact that if there were a revote, the dead would be disenfranchised.
What? They are dead. Of course their votes won't count. Additionally, there are a large number of people that have turned 18 and are now eligible to vote that weren't in November. The offset, in my mind, should be pretty much a wash. This is truely unbelievable.
"The Center for Health Statistics reports that every month an average of 3,700 residents die in Washington State. A significant number of these are of voting age. This means that since the November election, approximately 11,100 residents have passed away – they do not get a chance to vote again.
I want their votes in this Governor’s race to count. I don’t think it is appropriate to eliminate their voices."
Thanks for the heads up on this politician from Stefan Sharkansky at Sound Politics.
Signing Off. Until next time, I'll see ya on the Blog! drh.