Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
Citizens in King Co. Washington wanted to exercise their right within state law and asked for a hand recount of two precincts in the county. They filed the proper paper work and turned over a down payment of $.50 per ballot for the 922 ballots that would be included in the recount. The county accepted the money and the paper work and then informed the citizens that they needed $2500 per day with a minimum of four days for security. These are ballots that have already been counted. The citizens are not contesting an election, just asking for their state's given right of a hand recount. The county clearly does not want that recount to take place. What is the county hiding? / One of the TGDC members who voted against "Software Independence" had this to say today; "I'm not sure that we've really proven that the processes that state election officials have used for a few decades now of testing and verifying that the systems work ... are failing," said Paul Miller, voting systems manager at the Washington state Secretary of State's Office. "Now we're adding another requirement." It seems Miller has joined the throng of vendors and elections officials who have their heads buried in the sand and ignore the election failures going on around them....
NAtional: Federal panel rejects extra checks on electronic voting machines LINK
NAtional: Government rejects e-voting paper trail proposal LINK
AZ: Maricopa County - Candidate seeks ballot inspection LINK
SC: Kershaw County - Candidates protest county reelection decision LINK
WA: King County - Citizens group requests small 8th District recount LINK
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