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Another hand recount of votes in Washington : Reichert -Burner race refuses to die December 4, 2006

Posted by publicpolitics in Political Technology, Seattle Politics, U.S. Congress.
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King County Elections officials today [MON] are scheduled to start preparations for a hand recount in the congressional race between Congressman Dave Reichert and Democratic challenger Darcy Burner. And as KUOW’s Derek Wang reports, the results will not change the outcome.

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The last election for governor in Washington state occasioned an historic vote recount involving hundreds of ballots and it reversed the outcome of the race, giving the nod to Christine Gregoire over Republican Dino Rossi. The Nov 7th election has brought about another recount, this time in the close race between incumbent (and victor) Dave Reichert and his surprisingly effective Democratic challenger, Darcy Burner

The ballots to be recounted come from two precincts from the King County municipality of Issaquah. The Seattle group, Voters for Democracy in America, is requesting a hand recount of some 925 votes because they don’t trust the transparency of the electoral process, and believe that the computers and software that’s used to count and tabulate the votes, is secret, according to Hannah McFarland, the group’s director. King County maintains that a rigorous internal audit failed to reveal any irregularities. The audit was performed the day after the election. Since Reichert won the election by over 7,000 votes, the recount cannot change the election outcome. As of this writing, the citizen’s group is willing to pay for staff costs, but disputes a $10,000.00 fee for security costs, which the county says is mandatory.

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