Re: More on Washingtom Recount

From: Keith Copenhagen <K_at_copetech_dot_com>
Date: Sun Dec 05 2004 - 17:37:54 CST

On Sun, 05 Dec 2004 11:30:15 -0800, Fred McLain <> wrote:

> I'd love to get in on this. Send us a pointer to the forum where this
> is being discussed, OK?
> -Fred-
> On Sat, 2004-12-04 at 23:15 -0800, Keith Copenhagen wrote:
>> Just the start of an interesting thread over at,
>> discussing the washington recount of DREs...
>> Keying on the legal definition of a ballot, and Bush v. Gore uniform
>> process....
>> But aside from this, and possible irregularites, my original point
>> was: Can they just perform this process and call all these 8 1/2 X 11"
>> sheets of paper legal "ballots" ? Doesn't "ballot" have to be defined
>> in the election law? Maybe as something a voter actually "casts"?
>> Color me stupid, I guess, but it seems to me that if they can just
>> make up a process and call these things "ballots", then what's to keep
>> Sam Reed from doing the recont on his fingers and toes and declaring
>> Rossi the winner? Wouldn't that be a "recount"?
>> Also, think about Election 2000 and the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush
>> v. Gore. They said that the manual recounting of ballots had to
>> follow a uniform process to conform to the Equal Protection clause.
>> Aren't Snohomish and Yakima Counties using a wildly different
>> recounting process than the rest of the state?
>> I'd love to get an informed legal opinion on this. I think there's a
>> legal case (or two, or three) here. Let the Dem's spend a million
>> bucks on this hand recount, and then let's get the entire election
>> invalidated. I guarantee that would be the death knell for paperless
>> electronic voting systems nationwide.
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