Croker Sack

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Election Reform Task Force report to be released tomorrow

Update March 3: The report is now available, but is not actually worth reading. Unfortunately, I couldn't know that without first wasting the time to read it.

According to The Sun, the Associated Press was able to get a copy of the Election Reform Task Force report.

Tomorrow, Gregoire the Pretender is scheduled to hold a press conference at which I suppose the rest of us will get a chance to hear the words of wisdom from on high.

Poor little old King County may have had some mean things said about them in the report:

King County was singled out in the report as needing to improve its election system. The report said that residents across the state expressed concern about the county’s election system.

"Regardless of whether the concerns are real or perceived, the elected and appointed officials in King County must immediately make it a top priority to establish and fund an elections system that meets the standards expected by the citizens across Washington State," the report read.

Reed cited a lack of proper work space and concerns over the accountability of some of the staff in reporting mistakes and errors.

"We didn’t find the level of problems that we found in any other counties that we did in King County," he said.

King County elections officials had not yet seen the report Wednesday and did not have an immediate response.

No matter what is said in the report about King County, it will roll off them like water off a duck's back.

What really matters is whether the reforms include a requirement that all county canvassing boards state plainly and publicly the number of "voterless ballots" and "ballotless voters" reflected in their records -- and that they state this important information as a part of their official election returns.

We need to know how badly they are doing their jobs every time, not just when there is a tiny margin of apparent victory.


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