What chance is there for reform?
Note how Ron Sims describes his goal – restoring faith in the process. “Faith”: “unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence.”
Not a chance, Ron. So long as the process in King County is under the control of people who don’t obey the law, there can be no unquestioning belief in your purportedly certified election results.
Why does Sims want a "show and tell" meeting with Judge Bridges? Are there no voters in King County who are interested in being shown that their elections personnel do the job required of them by law?
Note that Senator Prentice has the usual blindly partisan view of things. She is clearly incapable of grasping why it is wrong to install a person in the governor’s office based on official canvass reports that are unworthy of belief. All that matters is who "wins" according to the vote totals.
Genteel Sam Reed hopes for a “civics lesson.” For whom?
Election reforms next, now that flaws exposed?
By REBECCA COOK, Associated Press WriterJune 11, 2005
According to the official record, 1,678 people voted illegally in Washington's 2004 election.
No one knows for sure who cast those votes or which candidates benefited. A judge decided the fact that the number of illegal votes dwarfs Gov. Christine Gregoire's 133-vote margin of victory doesn't merit ordering a new election.
"Do we have something to prove? Yes," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "We have to restore the people's faith in the integrity of the election process."
"The evidence here suggests that the problems require more than just constructing new buildings and hiring more staff," Bridges said in his ruling.
"I actually agree with that statement," Sims said, saying the larger building and additional staff are two parts of a much larger change. "One day, I want to go to Wenatchee and talk to Judge Bridges, and say: Tell me whether or not we have met the judicial standard you established. I want to look in his face and see in his eyes he is satisfied."
"They still think they won," said Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton. "I'm not going to make it so the loser wins and the winner loses."
Public confidence in elections is at low tide now, Secretary of State Sam Reed acknowledged, but he hopes that will change.
"I'm hoping in the long run it will be a great civics lesson," Reed said. "They are going to see some reform, and hopefully that's going to restore their trust and confidence."