Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Washington Re-vote

Two stories, from the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, run down the events surrounding the legislature's certification of Christine Gregorie as the next Governor of Washington state.

The next battle will be through the courts. Although the GOP may have factual grounds and a legal basis, for seeking a re-vote, I continue to find it hard to believe that the courts will order a new election. As I have said before, absent a finding of systemic fraud, allowing a re-vote will insure that every close election will not only end up in court, but that a re-vote will occur, at least in Washington state. You can't conduct a democracy that way. It is an invitation to chaos.

(And as an aside, if Rossi had won by 120 votes and there were the same problems with the system, would Rossi supporters and the people over at Soundpolitics, be any more accepting of a re-vote than Gregorie supporters are now. The arguments about the incompetence of Kings County, late military ballots, dead voters and felons voting, would apply to either side if they were the losers.)

(And as a further aside, is it revote or re-vote?)
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