Monday, June 06, 2005

Decision in Washington Governor's Race

The trial judge has announced his decision in the trial about last fall's election for governor of Washington. As you may recall, the Republican candidate, Dino Rossi, led by a very thin margin after the initial count and the first recount but lost on the second and final recount to the Democratic candidate, Christine Gregoire, by 129 votes. King County, a heavily Democratic county where Seattle is located, had massive problems in the conduct of the election. As a result, Rossi contested the result of the election and asked for another statewide vote.

The judge decided against Rossi. I guess the Republicans were unable to carry their burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence, a higher standard than the normal preponderance of the evidence, to show that the errors changed the result of the election. I will review a copy of the opinion if it is available online to see what the judge said, and I will comment further then.

UPDATE: Rossi has announced that he will not continue the election contest.

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