Letters to the Editor

Election mess worth a lawsuit

Any way you look at it, the late mailing of nearly all absentee ballots in King County disenfranchised a significant number of voters who were unable to vote due to their previously arranged business and travel schedules.

Similarly inconvenienced were the candidates who depended on the legally required mail-out schedule to determine when to mail out their campaign info. Thousands of campaign dollars were thus wasted due to the county flub.

If a private business caused such a screwup, the guilty person would be fired. But in government bureaucracies, the culprit is almost never fired but merely shifted to another bureaucratic job. This must change.

How can the problem be corrected? One solution would be to hold new elections. Another is for the losing candidate to file a lawsuit against King County for restitution –– based on historical Democrat/Republican absentee voting numbers and patterns –– and the county should pay all costs.

And in the long run, we better throw out County Executive Ron Sims and his irresponsible Democrat administration.

Lloyd Gardner

Auburn

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