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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

No ammo for GOP in Logan deposition

Recently, King County elections chief Dean Logan was deposed by Republican and Democratic attorneys for the May trial where Rossi's election challenge will be decided. The deposition has just becomne public.

David McDonald, the top lawyer for the Democrats, sums up the Logan deposition best:
“If the transcript was available this morning and they didn’t have a press conference this afternoon, my conclusion is they probably didn’t pick up much.”
There isn't any real ammunition in Logan's deposition, or the GOP would be going berserk in a frenzy to spread the news.

Logan is under fire for a lot of things - particularly, his failure to implement recommendations issued last May in an Elections Oversight Committee report.

The problem is that there's only about four months from May until the September primary. Logan simply didn't have enough time:
“We had to consider what changes in polling processes were the most easily achieved in time for a brand-new election in September in a manner that could contemplate the literally thousands of election-board workers being able to absorb and comprehend those changes in time to administer the fall elections."
Not to mention that he didn't have unlimited resources. They did the best job they could in four months. But you can't snap your fingers and get reform. It takes time and resources to change.

Nobody is claiming that the election was completely flawless. But there is a difference between those who acknowledge that no election will ever be perfect and those who seem to think that one or two mistakes should get heads rolling. The former realize reality, the latter are just living in their own little world.

There were problems with King County elections long before Dean Logan arrived. If he was to be fired, he would get snapped up very quickly by other counties who clearly want him.

Then we'd have to go find somebody else, and that would only make it harder for the county elections division to reform. Is that really what the GOP wants?

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