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July 1, 2008 1:52 AM

New voters, new considerations

Posted by Kate Riley

Courtesy of Clint Gomez

New citzen and new voter Clint Gomez

During this Fourth of July week, consider the importance of one vote. It was only four years ago, that Washington's gubernatorial vote count teetered over months between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Chris Gregoire. Gregoire ultimately was ruled the winner with a 129-vote count.

In my column today, I write about the addition of 23,000 new voters who also recently became new citizens. They registered to vote in part thanks to a program by OneAmerica, formerly Hate Free Zone Washington. I'll be curious to see if this group might affect elections at all levels of government.

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