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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Challenge-Gate: The Hearings

Posted by on November 15 at 15:30 PM

Remember Lori D. Sotelo?

She’s the Republican Party official who seems to have erroneously challenged the voting rights of more than 140 King County residents just before the Nov. 8 election.

Well, the same law that allowed Sotelo to issue all those challenges at the last minute now requires her to prove that she was correct when she signed a huge stack of affidavits, “under penalty of perjury,” attesting to the supposedly illegal registrations of almost 1,900 of voters. (At least 140 of whose registrations now appear to be perfectly legal.)

Should make for an interesting afternoon on Thursday when the accused illegal voters get to confront their accuser at a four-hour public hearing:

Temporary Elections Annex
9010 E. Marginal Way S.
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For map click here.

UPDATE: A P-I article on the Democrats’ plan to challenge the challenges is here.

And whips out its magnifying glass and claims to have discovered Republican tampering with boxes on the challenge forms here.