Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Good bedtime reading for folks in WA ...

Here is the election law from the Revised Code of the State of Washington. If people think that a possible error greater than the difference in votes cast is sufficient to trigger a new election, they can cite something from here.

Otherwise, they can simply admit they don't know or - perhaps even better- if they find that their interpretation doesn't exist, they can admit that... I wasn't able to find that...

Anyway, here's what I did find...read it & weep, righties:

RCW 29A.68.020
Commencement by registered voter -- Causes for.

Any registered voter may contest the right of any person declared elected to an office to be issued a certificate of election for any of the following causes:

(1) For misconduct on the part of any member of any precinct election board involved therein;

(2) Because the person whose right is being contested was not at the time the person was declared elected eligible to that office;

(3) Because the person whose right is being contested was previous to the election convicted of a felony by a court of competent jurisdiction, the conviction not having been reversed nor the person's civil rights restored after the conviction;

(4) Because the person whose right is being contested gave a bribe or reward to a voter or to an inspector or judge of election for the purpose of procuring the election, or offered to do so;

(5) On account of illegal votes.

(a) Illegal votes include but are not limited to the following:

(i) More than one vote cast by a single voter;

(ii) A vote cast by a person disqualified under Article VI, section 3 of the state Constitution.

(b) Illegal votes do not include votes cast by improperly registered voters who were not properly challenged under RCW 29A.08.810 and 29A.08.820.

All election contests must proceed under *RCW 29A.68.010.

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