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Encyclopedia > Washington gubernatorial election, 2004
2004 Gubernatorial Election County Map of Washington. Map does not show population or percentile. ██ Plurality won by Rossi ██ Plurality won by Gregoire
2004 Gubernatorial Election County Map of Washington. Map does not show population or percentile. ██ Plurality won by Rossi ██ Plurality won by Gregoire

The election for governor of the U.S. state of Washington in the year 2004 gained national attention for its legal twists and turns and its extremely close finish. Three parties, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party, fielded candidates. The primary election was held on September 14, and the general election was held on November 2. It is notable for being among the closest races in United States election history; the winner, Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, was elected after a second recount turned the election in her favor by a margin of 129 votes, or 0.0045%. Image File history File links Washington_2004_gubernatorial_election_results_by_county. ... Image File history File links Washington_2004_gubernatorial_election_results_by_county. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... // The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political organizations in the United States two party system; the Democratic Party is the other. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded in 1971. ... The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... A general election is an election in which all members of a given political body are up for election. ... November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 59 days remaining. ... Christine Chris OGrady Gregoire (born March 24, 1947) is the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Washington. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ...


On the day of December 30, Christine Gregoire was officially declared the victor of the third count (the second recount), conducted by hand, partially delayed by a court order preventing King County from including over 700 ballots that county officials said were improperly rejected. Although Gregoire was sworn in as Governor of Washington on January 12, 2005, her opponent Dino Rossi did not formally concede and called for a re-vote due to concerns about the integrity of the election. The Republican Party filed a lawsuit in Chelan County Superior Court contesting the election, in which the trial judge ruled against the Republican Party by dismissing their case with prejudice,[1] not only denying their allegations but also attacking the validity of their methodology. Rossi chose not to appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court, thereby conceding the election on June 6, 2005. December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... A ballot is a device used to record choices made by voters. ... This is a list of governors of the U.S. state of Washington. ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dino Rossi Dino Rossi (born October 15, 1959 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is a former Washington State Senator and the Republican nominee for Governor of Washington in the historically close 2004 election. ... Chelan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... In law, the phrase without prejudice means that a claim, lawsuit, or proceeding has been brought to a temporary end but that no legal rights or privileges have been determined, waived, or lost by the result. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The primaries

The 2004 election cycle was the first in Washington state to use a party-line ballot system of holding primary elections. The state had a long tradition of using blanket primaries, where the candidates of all political parties appear together on the same ballot for all voters. In this system, the leading vote-getter from each party advances to the general election. Washington voters are not registered by party affiliation and a voter could participate in selecting candidates for more than one party, although the voter could only choose one candidate (of whatever party) for each office. The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... In United States politics, the blanket primary was a system used for selecting party candidates in a primary election. ... A political party is an organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ...


In February 2004 the United States Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision striking down the blanket primary as unconstitutional, based on it violating the rights of the parties to freedom of association under the First Amendment. Washington was thus forced to devise a new primary election system. The state legislature passed a bill providing that the top two vote-getters for each office in the primary would advance to the general election, regardless of which political party they belonged to. Voters would still be allowed to vote for any candidate as before. However, this measure was vetoed by Governor Gary Locke in favor of a "Montana-style" system that requires voters to choose a ballot for one specific party and vote only on that party's candidates in the primary. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... Freedom of association is the right enjoyed by free adults to mutually choose their associates for whatever purposes they see fit. ... The first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. ... The word veto comes from Latin and literally means I forbid. ... Former Governor Gary Locke Gary F. Locke (born January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) was the Democratic governor of Washington (1997-2005), and the first Chinese-American governor in United States history. ...


The primary election in 2004 was held using the new system, but a campaign to replace it was already underway. The Washington State Grange, which had helped institute the blanket primary in 1935, filed Initiative 872 to implement the "top-two" primary instead, which would once again allow voters to cross party lines in the primary election but now send the top two vote-getters to the general election. In districts dominated by one party, the "top-two" system could result in Democrat- or Republican-only general election races. Supporters claimed it would bring back voter choice across party lines and allow independent voters to participate in the primary; opponents said it would exclude third parties and independent candidates from general election ballots, and would in fact reduce general election voter choice. The initiative was put to a public vote in November 2004, and passed with 60 percent of the vote. [2] The state Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties sued,[3] however, and a federal district court judge ruled in 2005 that the measure was unconstitutional because it too infringed the parties' First Amendment right to select their own candidates.[4] Washington continued with the party-line primary system while appealing the case.[5] Grange Hall in Maine, circa 1910 The Grange movement in the United States was a farmers movement involving the affiliation of local farmers into area granges to work for their political and economic advantages. ... In political science, the initiative (also known as popular or citizens initiative) provides a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment or ordinance. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Democratic primary

In July 2003, incumbent governor Gary Locke indicated that he would not seek a third term, opening up the Democratic primary to alternate candidates. Former Washington State Supreme Court justice Phil Talmadge was the first candidate to enter the race for the Democratic primary, challenging Gary Locke before he announced his retirement, but Washington Attorney-General Christine Gregoire quickly became the frontrunner, leading in fundraising and endorsements. King County Executive Ron Sims announced his candidacy, but failed to garner much interest, perhaps due to his association with the controversial Sound Transit light rail project. According to a March 2004, Mellman Group poll, Gregoire would beat both Sims and Talmadge 36 percent to 11 percent and four percent in an open primary, and would beat Sims 55 percent to 17 percent in a closed primary.[6] On April 29, 2004, Talmadge announced he was withdrawing from the race following the discovery of a benign kidney tumor, citing the likely need for surgery and associated recovery time. // In politics The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... Former Governor Gary Locke Gary F. Locke (born January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) was the Democratic governor of Washington (1997-2005), and the first Chinese-American governor in United States history. ... The Washington State Democratic Party works to elect Democrats to office in Washington State. ... Former Governor Gary Locke Gary F. Locke (born January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) was the Democratic governor of Washington (1997-2005), and the first Chinese-American governor in United States history. ... Christine Chris OGrady Gregoire (born March 24, 1947) is the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Washington. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... Ron Sims, born in 1948, is currently the King County Executive. ... Sound Transit has been the popular name of Washington states Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority since 1996. ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... An Open Primary is a type of direct primary open to voters regardless of their party affiliation. ... A closed primary is a type of direct primary limited to registered party members, who must declare their party affiliation in order to vote. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Human kidneys viewed from behind with spine removed The kidneys are bean-shaped excretory organs in vertebrates. ... Tumor (American English) or tumour (British English) originally means swelling, and is sometimes still used with that meaning. ...

Candidate Home city Total Votes Percentage
Christine Gregoire Auburn 504,018 65.62%
Ron Sims Seattle 228,306 29.72%
Mike The Mover Lynnwood 15,118 1.96%
Don Hansler Spanaway 8,636 1.12%
Scott Headland Tacoma 6,983 0.90%
Eugen Buculei Bellevue 5,005 0.65%

Christine Chris OGrady Gregoire (born March 24, 1947) is the Democratic governor of the U.S. state of Washington. ... Auburn is a city of 40,314 located in the U.S. state of Washington, in King County, with some spill-over into Pierce County. ... Ron Sims, born in 1948, is currently the King County Executive. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ... Lynnwood is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. ... Spanaway is a census-designated place located in Pierce County, Washington. ... Old Town neighborhood in Tacoma, with Mount Rainier (Tahoma) in background Nickname: The City of Destiny Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State County Pierce Mayor Bill Baarsma (NP) Area    - City 162. ... Location Location of Bellevue within King County, Washington, and King County within Washington. ...

Republican primary

The Washington State Republican Party struggled to find a candidate through most of 2003 when presumed candidate Bob Herbold, a former Executive Vice President and COO of Microsoft, declined to run. They finally recruited Dino Rossi, a relatively obscure political figure who left the state Senate to pursue a gubernatorial run due to state elected officials being prohibited from raising money while the legislature is in session. The Washington State Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party in Washington. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... A chief operating officer (or COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. ... The Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Dino Rossi Dino Rossi (born October 15, 1959 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is a former Washington State Senator and the Republican nominee for Governor of Washington in the historically close 2004 election. ... Are you kidding?, this is solid truth here, nothing escapes the eyes of Gov!!!, not even. ...

Candidate Home city Total Votes Percentage
Dino Rossi Sammamish 444,337 85.14%
Bill Meyer Bellingham 44,448 8.51%
John W. Aiken, Jr. Medical Lake 33,104 6.34%

Dino Rossi Dino Rossi (born October 15, 1959 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is a former Washington State Senator and the Republican nominee for Governor of Washington in the historically close 2004 election. ... Official website: http://www. ... Nickname: City of Generic Logos Location in the state of Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Whatcom County Mayor Tim Douglas* Area    - City 82. ... Medical Lake is a city located in Spokane County, Washington. ...

Libertarian primary

The Libertarian Party of Washington State race was between Ruth Bennett, former state chair of the party in Washington and Colorado, and Michael Nelson. The Libertarian Party of Washington State is the state affiliate of the national Libertarian Party in Washington. ... Categories: People stubs | Libertarians ...

Candidate Home city Total Votes Percentage
Ruth Bennett Seattle 7,382 56.48%
Michael Nelson Seattle 5,687 43.51%

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Campaigns

Both Gregoire and Rossi ran as centrists and promised to change the political landscape in Washington, and both made job and economic growth the centerpiece of their campaigns. Gregoire ran on the promise to boost job growth in the state which had slowed greatly after the dot com bubble burst in 2001, to improve education, and to increase access to health care. Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... The word economy can refer to any of several things: The economy of the world — see world economy The economy of a country — see economics and economic system Economy is financial soundness or affordability. ... Dot-com (also dotcom or redundantly dot. ... An economic bubble occurs when speculation in a commodity causes the price to increase, thus producing more speculation. ... Health care or healthcare is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical, nursing, and allied health professions [1]. The organised provision of such services may constitute a healthcare system. ...


The Rossi campaign presented its own job-growth plan, and stated that 20 years of Democratic governors were to blame for the economic troubles in the state. However, during the general election he was criticized for a strongly conservative voting record that was at odds with his moderate campaign posture. Rossi was also criticized for his long-time professional association with a real estate broker convicted of fraud, and for alleged résumé embellishments. Rossi had worked against Roe v. Wade, attacked opponents for supporting gay rights, and proclaimed that creationism should be taught in public schools. Although Rossi campaigned on being pro-life and in favor of state and federal Constitutional Amendments that would ban all benefits and legal contracts for gay couples, he downplayed his long history of fundamentalist "rhetoric" and claimed he was a "fiscal moderate with a social conscience." Rossi also would not publicly state his opinion over stem cell research. A real estate broker is in the business of brokering real estate transactions; that is, finding sellers for those who want to buy real estate and finding buyers for those trying to sell real estate. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Holding Texas laws criminalizing abortion violated womens Fourteenth Amendment right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... The Creation of Light by Gustave Doré. In many religious traditions, creationism is ideological support of the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, or the universe as a whole was specially created by a supreme being (often referred to specifically as God[1]) or by other forms of supernatural intervention. ... The term public school has different (and in some cases contradictory) meanings due to regional differences. ... Pro-life advocates make a silent complaint in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Pro-life is a term representing a variety of perspectives and activist movements in bioethics. ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ...


The Gregoire campaign focused on Gregoire's David and Goliath-like record of challenging big tobacco and pharmaceutical companies in her tenure as state Attorney-General. Gregoire also proposed a major state-lead initiative in life sciences, especially stem cell research, where she proposed investing $500 million of a tobacco settlement the state hopes to receive in 2008. Her economic plan for the state focused on improving state infrastructure and improving the quality of education in the state, which she claimed would attract investors. Gregoire also stated that she believed Washington residents should be allowed to buy prescription medicine from Canada, while Rossi said that he needed to be convinced it "was safe".[7] Gregoire was criticized for being a part of the state government establishment, but tried to counter Rossi's "time for a change" message by saying that she would "blow past the bureaucracy" and bring change herself. This language surprised and disappointed many of her colleagues and supporters, who saw it as a failure to give mention or credit to the efforts and achievements of past Democratic governors. David faces Goliath in single combat. ... Species Nicotiana acuminata Nicotiana alata Nicotiana attenuata Nicotiana benthamiana Nicotiana clevelandii Nicotiana excelsior Nicotiana forgetiana Nicotiana glauca Nicotiana glutinosa Nicotiana langsdorffii Nicotiana longiflora Nicotiana obtusifolia Nicotiana paniculata Nicotiana plumbagifolia Nicotiana quadrivalvis Nicotiana repanda Nicotiana rustica Nicotianasuaveolens Nicotiana sylvestris Nicotiana tabacum Nicotiana tomentosa Ref: ITIS 30562 as of August 26, 2005... Pharmacology (in Greek: pharmacon is drug, and logos is science) is the study of how chemical substances interfere with living systems. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... A prescription drug (or POM Prescription Only Medicine, in UK) is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. ... Bureaucracy is a concept in sociology and political science referring to the way that the administrative execution and enforcement of legal rules is socially organized. ...


Gregoire was also strongly criticized in many attack ads for an incident which occurred in 2000, when Gregoire's office failed to file documents on time to appeal a record $17.8 million personal-injury verdict against Washington. Documents from an independent investigation conducted at the time of the incident show that Gregoire's deputies attempted to influence who was listed as responsible for the missed deadline. A further case Gregoire was strongly criticized for occurred in 2002 during a wrongful death lawsuit when Gregoire's office did not detect an error in jury instructions. The state was forced to pay $22.4 million to the plaintiff. While Gregoire was not directly responsible for these offenses, the Rossi campaign claimed that she had already cost Washington taxpayers millions of dollars and was negligent. An attack ad in election terms is an advertisement whose message is meant as an attack against another candidate or political party. ... Wrongful death is a claim in tort against a person who can be held liable for a death. ... A plaintiff, also known as a claimant or complainant, is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. ... A tax is an involuntary fee paid by individuals or businesses to a government. ...


Rossi won the endorsement of the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, The Seattle Times, several business and medical associations, and former governor Dan Evans. Gregoire received the endorsement of the Democratic Party, GLAAD, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, pro-choice organizations, and all the previous Democratic governors of the state. However, the Republican Party decided not to fund ads for Rossi in the state as polls leading up to the election date showed Gregoire with a clear lead.[8] Almost all of Rossi's ads were paid for and created by outside sources, although as Gregoire's lead narrowed closer to the election date, the Republican Party ultimately decided to launch a series of advertisements for Rossi. This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association, UK The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a 501(c)(4) group for the protection of gun rights in the United States, established in New York in 1871 as the American... The daily Seattle Times is the leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ... Daniel Jackson Evans Daniel Jackson Evans (born November 11, 1925) served three terms as governor of the state of Washington from 1965 to 1977, and represented the state in the United States Senate from 1983 to 1989. ... Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation or GLAAD is an organization intended to promote and ensure fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. ... The daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the second leading newspaper in Seattle, Washington, United States. ...


Ruth Bennett's campaign focused on permitting gay marriage in the state and economic liberalization in line with Libertarianism. She also recommended equally dividing the state budget among the counties and allowing the counties to establish tax systems on a county-by-county basis, ultimately leading to a diminished role of Washington's Department of Revenue. Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... Libertarianism is a political philosophy advocating that individuals should be free to do whatever they wish with their person or property, as long as they do not infringe on the same liberty of others. ...


General election

2004 Washington gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.
2004 Washington gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.

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Initial results

Gregoire led in almost all polls conducted leading up to the election, but Rossi was able to close in on her late in the race and won considerable support from Eastern Washington. He also ran much stronger than expected in Snohomish and Pierce Counties. Gregoire received strong support (nearly a three-to-two margin) from the largest county in the state, King County, which includes heavily Democratic Seattle. During the initial ballot count, the lead changed hands several times. Eastern Washington is a region of the United States defined as that part of Washington east of the Cascade Mountains. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Pierce County is the second most populous county in the state of Washington. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King County Incorporated December 2 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Area    - City 369. ...


Absentee ballots

Washington is unusual for a U.S. state in that it only requires that an absentee ballot be postmarked by the day of the election to be valid, while most other states require the ballot to have arrived at the election office by that time. Due to this as well as the state's high number of absentee ballots — more than 60 percent of all King County voters voted absentee — the initial result of the election was not known until November 17, the last day under state law for election results to be certified by each county's election officials. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ...


One point of controversy was signatures on provisional and absentee ballots. In many eastern Washington counties, the county election offices provided the political parties with the names of people whose absentee and provisional ballots have been ruled invalid due to issues with missing or non-matching signatures. The Republican Party began calling these voters to inform them their ballot was invalid and to give them information on how to contact the election offices to get their ballots validated. The Democratic Party sought the same list from heavily Democratic King County but was rebuffed. The party sued, and on November 12 a King County judge ruled that the county election board would have to turn over the list of 936 voters whose ballots were invalidated due to signature problems to all parties with candidates in the race. While the Democratic Party canvassed these residences from November 13 through the 16th, the GOP began sending vans into the rural counties to drive voters with invalid ballots to election offices. November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ...


Another state law allows for election officials to evaluate voter intent and correct ballots so that the machines can properly read them. For example, on a Scantron or other optical ballot, an election official might fill in a circle that was not properly marked so that the machine may record the vote. Republicans filed a federal lawsuit to stop the visual examination of ballots, claiming that it is not allowed under federal law (Equal Protection Ammendment). The Republican Party was contending that the method King County was using was different than in other counties, therefore treating voters in King County differently than in others. This is the same argument that was used by the party in the Florida Recount. However, the court ruled that this was not the case, as King County was counting their ballots similar to that of other counties. Scantron Corporation Scantron is the name of a United States company that makes and sells Scantron exam answer sheets and the machines to grade them. ... Bush lost the election. ...


First results and recounts

The first ballot count was concluded on November 17, and Secretary of State Sam Reed reported that Rossi held a lead of 261 votes. This was well within the margin (less than 0.5 percent and less than 2,000 votes) that automatically requires a full machine recount by state law. The state-wide recount was completed on November 24, showing Rossi with a lead of 42 over Gregoire. Of the 39 counties in Washington, Rossi carried 32 and Gregoire 7. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Sam Reed is an American politician. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


In Washington, a candidate may request one hand count or machine count, provided that they pay for the estimated cost of the recount up front. If a manual recount overturns the outcome of an election, the state will then refund the money to the candidate. As Gregoire disputed the result, the Washington State Democratic Party gave a check for $730,000 to the Secretary of State on December 3. The Secretary of State issued the order for a recount on Monday, December 6. The state GOP had also indicated before the machine recount that they would have sought a manual recount were the outcome in favor of Rossi reversed. December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discovered ballots

A King County election worker looks through ballots that were uncounted in the first election results due to signature problems.
A King County election worker looks through ballots that were uncounted in the first election results due to signature problems.

King County Council Chairman Larry Phillips was at a Democratic Party office in Seattle on Sunday December 12, reviewing a list of voters whose absentee votes had been rejected due to signature problems, when to his surprise he found his own name listed. Phillips said he was certain he had filled out and signed his ballot correctly, and asked the county election officials to investigate the discrepancy. They discovered that Phillips' signature had somehow failed to be scanned into the election computer system after he submitted his request for an absentee ballot. Election workers claimed that they had received Phillips' absentee ballot in the mail, but they could not find his signature in the computer system to compare to the one on the ballot envelope, so they mistakenly rejected the ballot instead of following the standard procedure of checking it against the signature of Phillips' physical voter registration card that was on file. The discovery prompted King County Director of Elections Dean Logan to order his staff to search the computers to see if any other ballots had been incorrectly rejected. Image File history File links Image of a King County election worker looking through uncounted ballots. ... Image File history File links Image of a King County election worker looking through uncounted ballots. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... The Metropolitan King County Council, the legislative body of King County, Washington, consists of thirteen members elected by district. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ...


Logan announced on December 13 that 561 absentee ballots in the county had been wrongly rejected due to an administrative error. The next day, workers retrieving voting machines from precinct storage found an additional 22 ballots, bringing the total to 583 newly discovered ballots. Logan admitted the lost ballots were an oversight on the part of his department, and insisted that the found ballots be counted. On December 15, the King County Canvassing Board voted 2-1 in favor of counting the discovered ballots. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Upon examination of the discovered ballots, it was further discovered that, with the exception of two ballots, none of the ballots had been cast by voters whose surnames began with the letters A, B, or C. There was a further search for more ballots, and on December 17, county workers discovered a tray in a warehouse with an additional 150 previously uncounted ballots. All together, 723 uncounted or improperly rejected ballots were discovered in King County during the manual hand recount. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


The state Republican party regarded the discovered ballots in King County cynically, with chairman Chris Vance stating that he was "absolutely convinced that King County is trying to steal this election." The National Rifle Association (NRA), which had endorsed Rossi, sent a mass e-mail on December 14 to its members asking for volunteers to go to King County in order to sit in on the county elections office and observe the recount. Chris Vance is the chair of the Washington State Republican Party. ... This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association, UK The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a 501(c)(4) group for the protection of gun rights in the United States, established in New York in 1871 as the American... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


State Republicans, labeling the ballots "suspicious", filed suit to have a restraining order put on counting the ballots. The request was granted on December 17, but Democrats appealed, which led to a State Supreme Court hearing on December 22. As the early results of the manual recount showed a single-digit vote lead for Gregoire, both sides expected the inclusion of the discovered ballots to increase their respective candidate's lead. Protesters gathered in front of both Democratic state headquarters and Republican state headquarters in the days after the injunction against King County's discovered ballots. On December 21, Republican protestors rallied in front of the Washington State Supreme Court Building dressed in orange and holding signs saying "Welcome to Ukraine", comparing the inclusion of the discovered ballots to the election fraud in the recent Ukrainian presidential election.[9] Protest websites appeared for both sides of the dispute, such as "Accidental Governor" (archive; site no longer active) and "How Gregoire The Grinch Stole Christmas". An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that either prohibits or compels (enjoins or restrains) a party from continuing a particular activity. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 GMO USDA protest Protest expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations: sometimes in favour, more often opposed. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585–620 nanometres. ... Anthem: Ukrainian: Transliteration: Shche ne vmerla Ukrajiny Ukraines glory has not perished Capital Kiev (Kyiv) Largest city Kiev Ukrainian Government Parliamentary democracy  - President Viktor Yushchenko  - Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych Independence from the Soviet Union   - Declared August 24, 1991   - Referendum December 1, 1991   - Finalized December 25, 1991  Area  - Total 603... The presidential election held in November and December 2004 in Ukraine was mostly a political battle between Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. ...


After all other counties submitted their recount votes, it was revealed on December 20 that at least five other counties besides King County had included ballots that had been discovered after the initial count. For example, Snohomish County included 224 missed ballots that had been discovered underneath mail trays. The outcome of the State Supreme Court hearing regarding King County's votes could have potentially affected those counties' counts as well. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... A British pillar box. ...


Manual recount results

The state Democratic party claimed on December 21 that, without consideration of the 700 discovered ballots which were not counted due to an injunction, the result of the manual recount, including King County's votes, placed Gregoire ahead by eight votes across the state. Later, on December 22, the preliminary recount results put Gregoire at a ten-vote lead. December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on December 22 that counties explicitly have the ability to correct ballot consideration errors made during earlier counts. The next day, King County's final tally, including the disputed ballots, gave Gregoire a 130 vote lead, which was later revised to 129 when it was discovered that Thurston County had added a vote after certification had been completed. However, this change by Thurston County was disallowed upon final certification by Sam Reed, as this change happened after certification. Since the recount results were in favor of the party requesting the recount, the Democrats were reimbursed the recount costs they had advanced to the state. December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Thurston County is a county located in the state of Washington. ...


The Republicans were already preparing for further legal action before the final tally was announced by canvassing Republican voters whose ballots had been rejected. On December 29, Rossi called for a re-vote, saying that "this election has been a total mess" and that a "revote would be the best solution for the people of our state and would give us a legitimate governorship". This solution had been rejected by the Democrats and Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed because Washington's election law contains no re-vote provision, which left a lawsuit the only other option. Reed officially certified the results of the manual recount on December 30, declaring Gregoire the governor-elect. December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... Sam Reed is an American politician. ... December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ...


Further legal challenge

A protestor in front of Chelan County Superior Court demanding a revote.
A protestor in front of Chelan County Superior Court demanding a revote.

The Washington Republican Party's first question regarding the accuracy of the ballot counts was calling into question the discrepancy between the list of voters casting ballots in King County (895,660) and the number of ballots reported in the final hand recount (899,199). As an explanation, election officials claimed that they had yet to finalize the list at the time, and argued that discrepancies in the two numbers are common and do not necessarily indicate fraud. As the election officials had expected, once the two lists were completed on January 5, the two numbers were indeed very close to one another. Image File history File links A campaigner demanding a revote in the Washington gubernatorial election, 2004. ... Image File history File links A campaigner demanding a revote in the Washington gubernatorial election, 2004. ... A ballot is a device used to record choices made by voters. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


By law, the result of the election can be contested by any individual who files suit at any time up to 10 days after any inauguration, thereby making January 22 the latest date to have filed any suit. Two private citizens filed challenges to the election on January 6: Daniel P. Stevens of Fall City and Arthur Coday, Jr. of Shoreline. The Republican party filed a suit on January 7 in Chelan County claiming that voters had been deprived of their right to a "free and fair election", and demanding a revote by special election. While the evidence focused especially on problems in King County, adjacent Chelan was chosen as the venue because it was more solidly Republican and the GOP questioned the ability of King County judges to rule impartially in such a case. January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Fall City is an unincorporated town located 26 miles east of Seattle in King County, Washington along the Snoqualmie River. ... Shoreline is a city located in King County, Washington, 15 miles (24 km) north of Downtown Seattle. ... January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Chelan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ...


Neither suit asked for Gregoire's inauguration to be delayed, allowing governor Gary Locke to leave his post as scheduled. Gregoire was inaugurated on January 12. On February 4, Judge John E. Bridges, assigned by Chelan County to preside over the case, ruled that the court did not have the authority to order a re-election. However, in the same ruling, he also rejected the Democrats' argument that only the state legislature, which then had a Democratic majority, and not the court, had the sole authority to decide whether an election was invalid, thereby indicating that he intended to proceed to trial. Both sides declared victory over this early pre-trial ruling. Former Governor Gary Locke Gary F. Locke (born January 21, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) was the Democratic governor of Washington (1997-2005), and the first Chinese-American governor in United States history. ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... A judge or justice is an official who presides over a court. ... John E. Bridges is a Chelan County Superior Court Judge in Washington state. ...


Both sides used different arguments to prove their case. The Republicans presented data showing discrepancies in absentee ballot counts from 11 King County precincts. In some precincts, the county tallied more mail-in ballots than there were voters recorded as having voted by mail. In others, the opposite occurred—the county recorded more voters than ballots. The proof that ballots were fabricated for Democrats, Republican attorneys argued, is that four of the five precincts with the most excess mail-in ballots backed Gregoire. And as proof that ballots were misplaced or destroyed to harm Republicans, they pointed to the fact that four of the six precincts in which the most mail-in votes cannot be accounted for backed Republican Dino Rossi. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with postal voting. ...


Democrats argued that evidence did not support this theory. For example, there were 703 King County precincts in which there were more absentee voters than ballots, not just six. The Republicans said in court that "ballots were undercounted mostly in precincts that backed [Rossi]", but 500 of these 703 precincts, or 71 percent, actually backed Gregoire. The Democrats also countered, alleging that there had been fraudulent manipulation of some electronic voting machines. To prove this, the Democrats claimed that in Snohomish County, two-thirds of the electorate voted with paper absentee and provisional ballots, favoring Gregoire by 1,816 votes (97,044 to 95,228). The remaining one-third, voting electronically, favored Rossi by an 8,255-vote advantage (50,400 to 42,145). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Postal voting. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... In U.S. elections, when someone shows up at a polling place to cast a vote, but is not on the list of people who may vote there (is not registered in that precinct, or his registation is otherwise invalid or inaccurate), he may be allowed to cast a provisional... Electronic voting machine used in all Brazilian elections and plebiscites. ...


Furthermore, in precincts with voting machines that were repaired within two weeks of the election, Rossi had a touch screen advantage in 56 out of 58 (96.6 percent). The average margin for Rossi at these polling places was 11.58 percent more favorable than the absentee votes, and averaged 10.8 percent more than Gregoire on Election Day. However, the Republicans countered this by stating that among 90 precincts with no reported machine problems, 44 had touch screen vote counts more favorable to Rossi than the paper ballots from the same precinct, while 46 had a touch screen count that favored Gregoire. This raises serious questions as to whether the machines requiring repairs were tampered with to improperly assign votes to Rossi. The Republicans also claimed that King County was three days past its federally required due date of October 10 to send out its absentee ballots to voters in the military, who are widely considered more likely to vote Republican. The United States Postal Service Bulk Permit #1455 was used to mail 1,605 ballots on October 2, and 28,000 on October 13. The Republicans claimed that the delay could have prevented military servicepeople from voting, thereby skewing the results in King County. On air, local talk radio host Bryan Suits claimed that his vote in particular was not counted while he performed military service in Iraq. A voting machine is a device to record and register votes to be counted as per any voting system, with or without printing a ballot for the voter to verify. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States Government (see ) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. ... The United States Postal Service defines bulk mail broadly as quantities of mail prepared for mailing at reduced postage rates. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lt. ...


Bridges denied a motion on February 19 by the Democrats which argued that the challengers must prove that the disputed ballots necessarily made a difference in the outcome of the election by showing how many of the ballots were cast for which candidate. The Republicans admitted that they could not provide this proof, but argued that the volume of illegal ballots, and the electoral tendencies of the counties in which they were cast, demonstrated a strong likelihood that the illegal ballots had led to Gregoire's victory. On February 26, as a part of the Republican suit, Rossi's legal team produced a list of 1,135 felons, deceased people, or people who allegedly voted twice, whom attorneys claimed influenced the outcome. A substantial number of the felon-voters were convicted as juveniles and were legally permitted to vote.[10] Conservative columnists suggested that felons were more likely to vote for Gregoire, but most of the felon-voters resided in counties won by Rossi.[11][12] February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... A felony, in many common law legal systems, is the term for a very serious crime; misdemeanors are considered to be less serious. ... This page deals with the cessation of life. ... Ballot stuffing is the act of one person submitting multiple ballots during a vote in which only one ballot per person is permitted. ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ...


As a solution to the problem of the illegal voters, the Republicans proposed a solution of "proportional reduction". Republicans claimed that it should be assumed that illegal votes were cast in the same percentages as other votes in the same precinct. For example, in a precinct where Gregoire won 60 percent of the vote, it would have been assumed that she received 60 percent of the illegal vote as well, and those votes wold be subtracted from her total for the precinct. The Democrats countered that the Republicans' proposal was statistically invalid, an example of the ecological fallacy, and the best solution would be to call each of the felons into court and ask them to swear under oath which political candidate they voted for, after which time their vote would be removed from the total. The ecological fallacy is a widely recognised error in the interpretation of statistical data, whereby inferences about the nature of individuals are based solely upon aggregate statistics collected for the group to which those individuals belong. ... An oath (from Old Saxon eoth) is either a promise or a statement of fact calling upon something or someone that the oath maker considers sacred, usually a god, as a witness to the binding nature of the promise or the truth of the statement of fact. ...


The trial began on May 23, with both sides presenting their evidence of manipulation. Bridges issued his ruling on June 6, upholding the election of Gregoire. He stated that the judiciary should exercise restraint; "unless an election is clearly invalid, when the people have spoken, their verdict should not be disturbed by the court."[13] Nullifying the election, Bridges said, would be "the ultimate act of judicial egotism and judicial activism." He also concluded that according to his interpretation of the Washington Administrative Code, "voters who improperly cast provisional ballots should not be disenfranchised." He also rejected all claims of fraud and the Republican Party's statistical analysis, concluding that the expert testimony of the Republican party was "not helpful" and that the proportional reduction theory was not supported under any law in the state. Striking another blow against Rossi's court case, he stated that "the court is more inclined to believe that Gregoire would have prevailed under statistical analysis theory," rejecting the Rossi campaign's claim that improperly cast ballots led to Gregoire's victory. May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... In U.S. elections, when someone shows up at a polling place to cast a vote, but is not on the list of people who may vote there (is not registered in that precinct, or his registation is otherwise invalid or inaccurate), he may be allowed to cast a provisional... An expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, or profession, or experience, is believed to have special knowledge of his subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely his opinion. ...


Bridges also removed five votes from the final count after receiving testimony from convicted felons who had voted: four for Rossi and one for Ruth Bennett. No evidence was brought before the court of anyone illegally voting for Gregoire. The final margin of victory for Gregoire over Rossi was 133 votes. A felony, in many common law legal systems, is the term for a very serious crime; misdemeanors are considered to be less serious. ...


Judge Bridges' ruling was seen as a comprehensive defeat for Rossi. The judge admitted nearly every piece of evidence the Republican Party offered and then wrote a thorough, tough opinion rejecting the Republicans' claims (while criticizing the administration of the election, particularly in King County); Rossi was left with very little legal ground for a successful appeal. After receiving such a negative verdict, Rossi declined to appeal to the State Supreme Court, claiming that the political makeup of the Court would make it impossible for him to win, thereby ending all legal challenges to the election of Gregoire as the Governor of Washington. In law, a verdict indicates the judgment of a case before a court of law. ...


Fallout

The controversy and election contest had notable repercussions across the state, from corrective government action to increased interest in voter-initiated propositions of varied severity.


With the aim of repairing flaws in the state electoral system, many of which were uncovered during the course of the recounts, Gregoire, along with Reed, formed an election reform task force that traveled throughout the major cities of the state. The panel presented an array of recommendations on March 3, including such suggestions as holding primary elections at an earlier date, requiring ID at polling places, implementing a central statewide voter database, and regular audits of registration records. Some of the proposals could be implemented immediately under Reed's authority as Secretary of State. Many of the recommendations are the same as those proposed by the State Senate Government Operations and Elections committee on February 18. Other election reform proposals have suggested the state move to an entirely mail-based ballot system. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


As the state official responsible for overseeing the administration of elections, Secretary of State Sam Reed, known as a moderate Republican, came under attack from both sides at various points. After his certification of Gregoire's election, a number of Republicans claimed he had acted inappropriately and submitted a recall proposition to remove Reed as Secretary of State. However, a Thurston County judge denied the move on February 15. Reed and his supporters insist that he followed the letter of the law and had no sufficient reason not to certify Gregoire. On the Secretary of State's web page (http://www.secstate.wa.gov ), it is stated that their duty is simply to tabulate the results as reported by the many counties. The office of Secretary of State was also a party to the various legal proceedings (technically, challenges by one party were directed against government officials, with the opposing party allowed to participate due to its interest in the outcome). Observers noted that during the trial, Judge Bridges frequently sided with Reed's position as a sort of neutral party in the case. The term recall has a number of meanings: Product recall A recall election Recall to employment after a layoff Recall from memory. ... Thurston County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


In the aftermath of the trial, the state Democratic Party also filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party for court costs. It argued that the election contest statutes provided for the prevailing party's court costs to be paid by the loser. The matter was settled with the Republicans agreeing to pay $15,000, thus bringing an end to all legal proceedings related to the election.


Results of initial count and recounts

County Christine Gregoire (D) Dino Rossi (R) Ruth Bennett (L)
Initial
Result
Machine
Recount
Manual
Recount
Gain /
Loss
Initial
Result
Machine
Recount
Manual
Recount
Gain /
Loss
Initial
Result
Machine
Recount
Manual
Recount
Gain /
Loss
Adams 1,517 1,529 1,529 0 3,459 3,486 3,481 -5 79 81 81 0
Asotin 3,524 3,525 3,530 +5 4,905 4,904 4,914 +10 193 193 193 0
Benton 19,830 19,831 19,834 +3 44,888 44,890 44,895 +5 1,119 1,118 1,118 0
Chelan 10,074 10,077 10,077 0 18,436 18,437 18,438 +1 523 523 523 0
Clallam 16,225 16,226 16,230 +4 18,831 18,832 18,836 +4 919 919 920 +1
Clark 72,797 72,800 72,828 +28 85,887 85,894 85,924 +30 4,123 4,123 4,123 0
Columbia 670 671 671 0 1,370 1,370 1,371 +1 37 37 37 0
Cowlitz 20,236 20,207 20,204 -3 20,087 20,047 20,045 -2 1,094 1,093 1,094 +1
Douglas 4,357 4,359 4,360 +1 8,662 8,666 8,667 +1 218 219 219 0
Ferry 1,275 1,278 1,278 0 1,898 1,900 1,900 0 118 118 118 0
Franklin 4,968 4,967 4,977 +10 10,618 10,619 10,634 +15 226 227 227 0
Garfield 427 428 428 0 839 840 840 0 25 25 25 0
Grant 7,800 7,826 7,821 -5 17,385 17,429 17,431 +2 534 535 535 0
Grays Harbor 13,713 13,719 13,729 +10 13,444 13,449 13,457 +8 575 575 575 0
Island 16,888 16,888 16,895 +7 19,992 19,997 20,000 +3 814 814 814 0
Jefferson 10,641 10,642 10,650 +8 7,293 7,289 7,295 +6 465 466 466 0
King 505,243 505,836 506,194 +358 350,779 351,127 351,306 +179 18,906 18,936 18,952 +16
Kitsap 56,149 56,164 56,236 +72 57,712 57,693 57,775 +82 3,097 3,090 3,097 +7
Kittitas 6,106 6,125 6,125 0 9,541 9,567 9,567 0 275 277 277 0
Klickitat 3,919 3,919 3,919 0 4,766 4,767 4,767 0 265 265 265 0
Lewis 10,243 10,245 10,247 +2 20,838 20,842 20,851 +9 756 756 757 +1
Lincoln 1,850 1,850 1,850 0 3,685 3,686 3,686 0 100 100 100 0
Mason 11,787 11,788 11,797 +9 12,505 12,507 12,519 +12 681 682 680 -2
Okanogan 6,100 6,101 6,107 +6 9,451 9,450 9,460 +10 465 465 468 +3
Pacific 5,209 5,210 5,210 0 4,730 4,730 4,730 0 295 295 296 +1
Pend Oreille 2,561 2,567 2,567 0 3,364 3,366 3,368 +2 179 179 179 0
Pierce 144,957 145,199 145,431 +232 157,443 157,704 157,905 +201 7,230 7,241 7,255 +14
San Juan 5,872 5,872 5,872 0 3,661 3,660 3,660 0 320 321 320 -1
Skagit 23,195 23,266 23,250 -16 27,135 27,224 27,219 -5 1,260 1,267 1,264 -3
Skamania 2,232 2,232 2,233 +1 2,522 2,522 2,525 +3 178 178 178 0
Snohomish 138,939 139,070 139,189 +119 145,423 145,553 145,628 +75 6,842 6,852 6,861 +9
Spokane 90,452 90,573 90,581 +8 105,435 105,569 105,584 +15 3,872 3,878 3,881 +3
Stevens 6,992 6,992 6,992 0 12,293 12,293 12,295 +2 566 566 566 0
Thurston 58,953 58,955 58,970 +15 49,409 49,413 49,426 +13 2,574 2,575 2,575 0
Wahkiakum 993 993 993 0 1,099 1,100 1,099 -1 61 61 61 0
Walla Walla 7,947 8,006 8,008 +2 14,240 14,277 14,290 +13 376 381 378 -3
Whatcom 44,053 44,056 44,072 +16 41,978 41,978 42,000 +22 2,177 2,177 2,179 +2
Whitman 7,724 7.715 7,722 +7 9,367 9,363 9,365 +2 458 457 457 0
Yakima 24,735 24,735 24,755 +20 46,044 46,044 46,079 +35 1,351 1,351 1,351 0
Totals 1,371,153
(48.86%)
1,372, 442
(48.8702%)
1,373,361
(48.8730%)
+919 1,371,414
(48.87%)
1,372,484
(48.8717%)
1,373,232
(48.8685%)
+748 63,346
(2.25%)
63,415
(2,2581%)
63,465
(2.2585%)
+50

Adams County is a county located in the State of Washington. ... Asotin County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington. ... Chelan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Clallam County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Clark County is a county located in the southwestern part of the state of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. ... Cowlitz County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Douglas County is a county located in the state of Washington, USA. As of 2000, the population is 32,603. ... Ferry County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Garfield County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Grays Harbor County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington and named after Thomas Jefferson. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... Kitsap County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Kittitas County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Klickitat County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Lewis County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Okanogan County (pronounced ) is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Pacific County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Pend Oreille County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Pierce County is the second most populous county in the state of Washington. ... San Juan County is a county located in the state of Washington, comprised of the San Juan Islands. ... Skagit County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Skamania County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Spokane County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Stevens County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Thurston County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Wahkiakum County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Walla Walla County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Whatcom County (IPA: ) is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Whitman County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Yakima County is a county located in the state of Washington. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Borders et al. v. King County et al. SeattleWeekly.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  2. ^ Elections for partisan offices. Washington State Secretary of State Office. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Top-Two Primary Litigation. Washington State Secretary of State Office. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  4. ^ Gilmore, Susan (July 16, 2005). Judge tosses state's new primary. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  5. ^ La Corte, Rachel (July 21). This year's primary unaffected by appeal. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  6. ^ The Stranger. The Stranger.
  7. ^ Galloway, Angela (October 21). Candidates for governor far apart on health-care issue. Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  8. ^ Connelly, Joel (October 11). In The Northwest: National GOP campaign against Gregoire slow to start. Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  9. ^ Democrats Claim Win in Washington's Gubernatorial Election. NewsMax.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  10. ^ Postman, David (March 17). GOP's felon list may be way off. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  11. ^ Malkin, Michelle (May 5). THE FELON SWING VOTE. MichelleMalkin.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  12. ^ Goldstein, David (June 5). Democrats find 743 felons, claim Rossi deliberately concealed illegal votes. HorsesAss.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.
  13. ^ Postman, David (June 6). Rossi will not appeal election ruling. The Seattle Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2006.

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See also

Many elections have been decided by narrow margins of less than 1 vote in 1000 (a margin of victory of less than 0. ...

References

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External links

Candidates' websites

  • Christine Gregoire
  • Dino Rossi
  • Ruth Bennett

Washington government

  • Washington Secretary of State
  • Chelan County Superior Court
Washington State 2004 Elections

President | US Senate | US House | Governor | Executives | State Supreme Court | State Senate | State House | Local Elections  Presidential election results map. ... In 2004, Democrat Patty Murray faced Republican Representative George Nethercutt whom she defeated 55% to 43%, making her only the fourth Washington senator to win 3 consecutive terms. ... The US House elections in Washington State were held on November 2, 2004. ... Washington States Supreme Court has 9 members elected at large. ...


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