I'm forbidden from discussing my opponents, especially (NAMES CENSORED) here, so let me enlighten you with edited commentary from my King County Council testimony of 11/3/97, much vindicated by recent national revelations about ballot handling:
"These opportunities to speak before the council are an exception to the rather one-way communication I've engaged in over the last month
on the subject of potential election tampering in King County
Let's just cut to the
chase: you've got an enormity of evidence that the fact is that there is no security around the elections system.
"I bought a package of gum from a private organization, a deliI got a receipt, okay? For a 25-cent pack of gum. Why can't I get a receipt for my vote? When you go to the optical scan system, you're going to go from a system which
would provide you with a very easy receipt, which I've demonstrated now for the third time in this council. A ballot receipt, so that you know precisely how you voted, you can check on the Internet, and discover that your vote was recorded accurately.
"And if you're going to sit here the day before elections and approve a 5-million dollar appropriation for an elections system upgrade that is not going to improve security one iota, you'll have to pardon my frankness, but this is going to have the resonance of a coup d'etat
The allegation is that the elections are either fixed, or the doors to security are so wide open that they might as well be fixed
There are 10 modems running into the computer that does the tabulation of the ballots on election day. Now, how is that an acceptable state of affairs?
"One item: This document, in which Mr. Bruce, who supervises and certifies the elections as elections superintendent, states in his sworn affidavit that `
Kermoade (got) 12,240 votes, Richard Lee was the third highest vote-getter with 9,346, a difference of 5,264 votes...' Well, sorry, but that calculation is wrong... And if Mr. Bruce cannot perform elementary functions of mathematics, we all must have extreme doubt about his ability to conduct this election, and to certify this election. We have to start asking if
those under his supervision are actually competent to conduct this election, or indeed, whether they may be competent to certify the renewal of a dog license."
The Elections Division refused to discuss these concerns for this publication.