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  •  not really (none)
    clyde, that's not what the two Supreme Court cases were about.  You have some of the elements, but they're simultaneously jumbled together and torn apart ... and you haven't quite gotten to the essence of either case.

    The first case, brought by the Dems and opposed by the GOP and the SoS, asked the Court to require all counties to do what King County was trying to do -- to re-examine submitted ballots to check anew whether they belonged in the denominator of Ballots Counted.  The Court unanimously rejected the Democrats' petition, based on state law that places the responsibility for choosing recount procedures and definitions on the counties.

    At the time that case was filed, the disputed-ballots situation was unknown.  That involved ballots that had not been counted, but had been either laid aside for further processing that didn't occur, or rejected as invalid without having gone through proper procedures.  The GOP got a restraining order to prohibit King County from making up for its error, and the Democrats (supported this time by the SoS) appealed to the Supreme Court.  This time, the Court agreed with the Democrats, allowing King County to canvass those 735 ballots in which the intent of the voter had not previously been ascertained.

    Maybe I'm being overly precise here.  The second case did not revolve around errors by King County's vote counters; it was a question of whether to permit those ballots to even be placed before the counters to be examined.

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

    by N in Seattle on Mon Dec 27, 2004 at 07:08:51 AM PST

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    •  N is not being 'overly precise'... (none)
      she is correct in assessing the two court cases and the issues at play.

      Tell me how you spend your time and how you spend your money -- I'll tell you what your values are.

      by oldpro on Mon Dec 27, 2004 at 11:14:43 PM PST

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      •  she? (none)
        I suppose I really need to put something testosteronic in my dKos profile or something.

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

        by N in Seattle on Mon Dec 27, 2004 at 11:20:06 PM PST

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        •  oops...sorry...... (none)
          sigh....time for more chocolate (I was thinking Susan or....not thinking at all, more likely).

          Tell me how you spend your time and how you spend your money -- I'll tell you what your values are.

          by oldpro on Tue Dec 28, 2004 at 12:21:15 AM PST

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