Saturday, March 05, 2005

Hypocrisy in Washington State

When the Republicans believe they have been disenfranchised, its a federal case. But, of course, the Ohio and Florida elections were totally fair. Double standard, as usual...

Wash. GOP Releases List in Voter Challenge

OLYMPIA, Wash. Mar 4, 2005 — Republicans have released 1,135 names of alleged felons who they say illegally cast ballots in the governor's race that Democrat Christine Gregoire won by 129 votes.

The list turned over to Democratic Party lawyers on Thursday contained the names and addresses of the alleged felons, along with 45 people who Republicans say died before the Nov. 2 election but who were listed as having voted.

"It's one more significant piece of evidence that this past election was not only deeply flawed but that we don't know who won," said Mary Lane, a spokeswoman for Republican opponent Dino Rossi, who is challenging the results in court. "Christine Gregoire is not the legitimately elected governor."

Democrats, who have intervened in the suit on the side of the state and argue the election should stand, said they doubt the accuracy of the list.

Republicans said they obtained a felon list from the State Patrol and compared it to a voter list from the secretary of state's office.

Rossi led after the first two vote tallies only to lose in a hand count of 2.9 million ballots cast. He and his supporters filed suit in Chelan County seeking to void the results, alleging widespread problems.

Democrat attorney David McDonald said he was "reasonably confident that list is not going to hold up to scrutiny.

"We will, among other things, check the factual basis for each of the claims," he said. "We're not going to take them at their word. We're going to double-check their work."

Discovery continues in the case and a trial date has not yet been set.

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