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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Sims says it's not Logan

The many problems disclosed (so far) at the King County elections office have led some to call for the resignation of the head of that operation, Dean Logan.

Logan's boss is County Executive Ron Sims, who thinks Logan ought to stay.

Here's an interesting statement by Sims, as reported by King 5 News:

When asked if people other than Dean Logan need to leave the elections office, he responded, "Without a question."


"We have people who are deliberately ignoring standard operating procedures, who don't seem to want to be conscientious or professional in their conduct," said Sims.

"Why are you convinced that it's not Dean Logan?" KING 5 asked Sims.

"Because Dean has made so many changes in that agency and most of the people in the agency have welcomed those changes. There are some who are very resistant," he said.

Sims seems to be opening up just a little -- going much farther than Logan did with his cryptic references to problems with the "culture" in the elections division.

If it's not Logan, who prepared the reports submitted to the canvassing board? Those reports concealed discrepancies in polling place ballot counts and in absentee ballot counts. They ought to have been prepared under the direct supervision of Logan, if not by Logan himself.

It's pretty obvious that people at the lower levels of the personnel structure are to blame for the irregularities that led to those discrepancies -- and Logan cannot be everywhere at once, so isn't necessarily to blame.

But, once those discrepancies made it impossible to prepare reports which showed the numbers of ballots issued and received -- and the disposition of each ballot -- it was Logan's responsibility to prepare the "auditor's abstract" to inform the board of the vote counts and all discrepancies affecting the accuracy of that abstract.

The canvassing board was required to determine whether Logan's abstract could be certified as "a full, true, and correct representation of the votes cast."

If Logan didn't provide a full, candid and accurate report of all the circumstances to the canvassing board, isn't he the one to blame?


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