Friday, February 10, 2006

Overhaul Sims

This news brief is in today’s USA Today:
Seattle - King County Executive Ron Sims says the elections department has made so much improvement that it no longer needs an overhaul by an outside turnaround team. The team was hired on the recommendation of a task force looking into problems exposed in the close 2004 race for governor.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/states/wamain.htm

Ron Sims must be delusional. The very reason that King County will never have substantial elections reform and clean voter rolls is because it is continually in denial over its failed elections infrastructure.

Interesting that Sims claims no overhaul is needed and yet, intial surveys of the new statewide voter database reveals that 1,353 pairs of duplicate registrations were found where both entries match on first name, last name, birth date and exact address. Eighty-two percent of these names are in King County alone!

Sims is right, the elections department doesn’t need an overhaul. Sims himself needs to be overhauled. I’m calling Chip Foose.

See this
post for my analysis of how to fix our voter database.

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