2008 An Unhappy Registration Story
posted by October 28 at 10:40 AMon
Received this morning from Stranger reader Anthony Jacob Everett and forwarded on to King County Elections for comment. I’ll update if/when I receive a response:
I am writing to express my concern with voter registration and ballot distribution within the Seattle area as today I discovered that due to a ‘clerical error’ that I am not able to participate in the forthcoming presidential election. Here is the story…
As of about seven months ago I lived in Bothell (Snohomish county) and while there I registered to vote. In late May of this year I moved to lower Shoreline (King county).
Accordingly I updated my information on the voter registration webpage for this state and thought all was happiness and sunshine dances. About two weeks ago I took note that I had not received my ballot. Being concerned I sent off an email of inquiry to the King county auditor’s office only to receive no response. I called about 1.5 weeks ago to find no human would answer and thus had to leave a message within their automated system.
I finally receive a response TODAY (A bit late, eh?) saying that I did not register to vote at all or if I had then it was ‘in another state’. I call the auditor of Snohomish and verified that yes I had registered to vote within their system, yes they had ‘transferred’ it to King county, and that I was showing as being canceled on their end. (All as it should have been.) I then call King county, get a human that claims their system had no knowledge of my existence. It seems awfully convenient that voter information was ‘lost’ and I find this to be possibly indicative of a problem within the system. It also appears that a roommate of mine also did not receive a ballot and is not recognized within the King county voter registration database.
Now I know TWO people do not serve as an apt sample size for a whole bloody state, but I offer my story to the Stranger just in case others have had comparable issues. I also would like to point out that I am 99.87% sure that I made no error in changing my information. (It’s a friggin’ submit button!) This conclusion is affirmed by Snohomish county’s recognition of my registration transfer to King. (Of which would not have appeared had I failed to update my registration information.) The only restitution I received was that I would be included in an ‘inquisition’ as to this failure.
What is an extra bit of iron in my spirit is that this would have been my first chance to participate in a presidential election and now I am robbed due to circumstances beyond my control.
Even if it does no good, I still wanted to let my story be known and I thank you for giving me the time of day.
Shamefully and frustratingly yours,
~Anthony Jacob Everett