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  •  UPDATE!!! (4.00)
    Snohomish County, one that narrowly went for Rossi, has added 119 Gregoire votes and 75 Rossi votes! Huge boost for Gregoire!
    •  thanx (none)
      Unfortunately, they reported their RV total as "Ballots Counted", so I can't say how many more (or fewer) valid ballots they had.  

      Giving away some of tomorrow's report :-), the expected increases (given 194 new votes between the two majors) would have been 94.79 to 99.21.  Highly significant, to Gregoire's advantage.

      You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

      by N in Seattle on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 02:51:29 PM PST

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      •  Wasn't Snohomish (none)
        where they had some problems -- that I can't remember?

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 02:52:43 PM PST

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        •  hmmm (none)
          Yeah, I think they found a bagful of absentee ballots a day or two after the election.  The number 227 sticks in my head.

          (quick googling)  Oops, it looks like the number was actually 224, found on November 22.

          You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

          by N in Seattle on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 02:57:47 PM PST

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          •  during machine recount? (none)
            From the article, it looks like the ballots were found during the machine recount, so one would think they counted them then.  Hmmm...
            •  possibly? (none)
              It could be that those 224 votes weren't counted in the machine recount, but did make the cut this time around.  Snohomish's new-found rate is a bit higher than the overall state rate.

              We might know more once the county corrects its erroneous "Ballots Counted" number.

              You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

              by N in Seattle on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 03:27:07 PM PST

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              •  Holy Crap (none)
                If those ballots weren't included in the machine count, and Snohomish Co. officials knew they existed, then Gregoire would have won the machine recount.  These votes are a 44-vote swing for Gregoire.
              •  Here's what Everett Herald says (none)
                About Snohomish County:

                In Snohomish County, applause broke out at 10:32 a.m. when the last of 200,737 ballots had been counted.

                Elections director Carolyn Diepenbrock thanked the crew, then smiled and added, "You all get to leave now."

                At 9 a.m. today, Snohomish County's canvassing board will decide how to handle 10 ballots that counters set aside because they could not determine the intent of the voter. At 2:30 p.m., the same panel will officially certify the totals ... .

                Workers completed the task in 21/2 days without any major disputes.

                Evelyn Spencer, a Snohomish County Republican Party observer, praised Snohomish County election staff ... "The checks and balances here are just superb," ... adding that she saw no evidence of fraudulent activity.

                Two members of the federal Election Assistance Commission watched the process wrap up in Everett on Wednesday. They also visited counting centers in Pierce and King counties.

                Commissioners Ray Martinez of Texas and Paul DeGregorio of Missouri said they came solely to watch and take notes to share with other election officials nationwide. They said they had no power to intervene.

                When the counting ended in Everett, DeGregorio addressed the room of workers, political party observers and county officials.

                "The whole country is watching this. We commend you for making democracy work," he said. "We're going to learn from your experience."

                Herald wire services contributed to this report.

                Reporter Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623 or jcornfield@heraldnet.com. (Everett Herald, Dec. 16, 2004)

                About Skagit County:

                In Skagit County, the issue was about subtracting, not adding.

                Gregoire lost 16 votes and Rossi lost five after vote counters determined that one stack of ballots had been counted twice in November's machine recount. Six people - two Republicans, two Democrats and two nonpartisans - verified the mistake, and Skagit County's canvassing board made the correction, elections supervisor Erika Kubischta said. (Everett Herald, Dec. 16, 2004)

                Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

                by SusanHu on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 03:58:22 PM PST

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              •  talking to myself (none)
                Nope, that box of absentee ballots had already been included in the machine recount.  Snohomish's total ballot tally for the hand recount has been corrected ... they counted 4 fewer ballots than in the machine recount.

                You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

                by N in Seattle on Thu Dec 16, 2004 at 04:09:40 PM PST

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      •  projections (none)
        Gregoire was more than 5% behind her overall vote in the hand recount added ballots, but Snohomish changed that to Gregoire 4.34% ahead of her overall performance.  My projection turned from Gregoire -101 to Gregoire +17, not counting the King County 573.  Snohomish seems too good to be true, but let's hope it keeps up!

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