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December 22, 2004

For shame!

I've had it with this interminable election.

I'm talking not about the twists and turns of the governor's race but of the loony machinations, allegations and protestations of party officials.

Party blowhards are casting aspersions on the integrity of the election and the people responsible for the ballots. True enough, election officials in King County and a few others have admitted mistakes -- the risk of a system run by humans.

But the system -- including first recount, the hand recount and the disagreements that have gone all the way to the state Supreme Court -- seems to be working just fine.

Leaders of both parties have suggested the public's lost faith in the system. If that's true, it's because of their fiery and infuriating spin. Republican Chairman Chris Vance seems to blow a gasket daily and has all but called the chief King County elections official a liar. Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt flouted the system by prematurely pronouncing that Democrat Christine Gregoire has taken over declared Gov.-elect Dino Rossi by eight votes. That's based on his unofficial cyphering.

How responsible.

Bless the elections workers, all of them, from the counters across the state to the besieged King County elections official, a Democrat, and the Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed. At least some people are keeping their heads.

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Posted by Kate Riley at December 22, 2004 09:56 AM



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