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Wed Nov 23, 2016, 08:38 PM

 

My vote didn't count here in Seattle

Kind County. Someone here has my same first name, middle initial, last name, and DOB. My vote was thrown away like it was every single year we switched ti voting by mail. What should I do? Hire a lawyer?

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Reply My vote didn't count here in Seattle (Original post)
scscholar Nov 2016 OP
Yonnie3 Nov 2016 #1
scscholar Nov 2016 #4
Yonnie3 Nov 2016 #5
scscholar Nov 2016 #8
Yonnie3 Nov 2016 #12
csziggy Nov 2016 #6
Retrograde Nov 2016 #7
SeattleVet Nov 2016 #2
HassleCat Nov 2016 #3
scscholar Nov 2016 #10
HassleCat Nov 2016 #11
Dan Nov 2016 #9

Response to scscholar (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2016, 08:54 PM

1. Contact the Washington Secretary of State in writing

My recommendation would be to send a letter to the person in charge of elections, Secretary of State for Washington. Include documentation of what happened. Request they confirm receipt of the letter and give you the name, address and phone number of the person who will sort this out.

Scroll to the bottom of the linked page for an address.

https://www.sos.wa.gov/

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 24, 2016, 01:01 AM

4. Contactec them in 2008, but it did no good

 

Apparently Washington state is happy with fraudulent elections.

It's just sad that this year I read through over 250 pages of information about ballot initiatives. That was a complete waste of my time.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 24, 2016, 05:40 AM

5. How did you contact them?

Did they respond?




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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 25, 2016, 03:26 PM

8. Used the contact form on their web site

 

I got an email back from Jacob Lodge who is Elections Supervisor for King County Elections, and he suggested using a different dropbox from the ones I've used in the past. I don't find that answer acceptable.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 26, 2016, 02:50 PM

12. I would still recommend you contact the SOS as I suggested above.

Include documentation of what happened with Mr. Lodge and with your ballot.

I would spend the money to send the letter requiring a signed receipt.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 24, 2016, 01:41 PM

6. Contact the ACLU if the WA SOS won't act

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 24, 2016, 02:51 PM

7. And you're county registrar as well

since that's the person whose desk the matter will end up on eventually.

How does Washington vote these days? Is it all by mail? Or is that just one option?

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Response to scscholar (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2016, 08:58 PM

2. THIS

Definitely contact the SOS directly; they have processes to flag these to prevent this from happening.

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Response to scscholar (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2016, 09:53 PM

3. What happened, exactly?

 

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Response to HassleCat (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 25, 2016, 06:59 PM

10. It simply wasn't counted.

 

They confirm I'm registered and have the right address.

I don't know how many thousands of votes were thrown in the trash this year, but two years ago they admitted on the news the day after the election that they threw away 7% of the votes. I don't understand why people stand for that.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 25, 2016, 07:46 PM

11. Legal action neede

 

They are supposed to have a specific reason for rejecting your ballot. You might try the ACLU, Public Citizen, etc. to see about doing something.

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Response to scscholar (Original post)

Fri Nov 25, 2016, 05:14 PM

9. Back in the day

I used to work on Elections Systems... so in particular, if this occurred as you stated - all you had to do was go downtown to the Elections Office - and meet with them. The computer would call up your name and the other person (that shared the same information). They would validate the registration number that you have is different than the other person. In the event that have the same registration number, then an internal mistake was made. But they would also use information such as your address to ensure that no duplication of registration has taken place.

But go downtown and speak to them, they will address the issue...validation is by the registration number that you received.

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