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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Highlights and more on yesterday's hearing

Those of you who find the many twists and turns in the gubernatorial race election challenge to be a bit confusing can take solace in the following simple highlights, courtesy of the Seattle Times' David Postman:

Highlights from the hearing:


  1. Republicans will be allowed to offer evidence showing how illegal votes might have affected the election by assigning those votes to Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi in the same proportion as the overall vote in any given neighborhood. Democrats will be able to challenge the scientific value of the evidence at a later hearing.
  2. Democrats will be allowed to introduce evidence of election errors and illegal votes that may have aided Rossi.
  3. Both sides will have to present "clear and convincing" evidence that a vote was cast by a felon.
  4. Bridges set out six standards for the evidence, similar to what Democrats had proposed: that the voter was convicted as an adult; was convicted of a felony; was not given a deferred sentence; has not had his or her voting rights restored; that they cast a ballot in the November election and voted for a gubernatorial candidate.
David Postman's article in the Times this morning is an excellent account of what unfolded yesterday in Chelan County if you want a more lengthy report. Kudos to Postman for such good reporting.

Also in Postman's article: an important quote from Judge Bridges on the ruling he made concerning statistical analysis:
"However, and this is an important however," Bridges told the attorneys, "the denial of this motion [the Democrats' motion to reject statistical analysis] should not be interpreted as a pretrial ruling adopting the statistical analysis methodology. So everyone understands that; that's the ruling of the court."
(all emphasis mine)

As we noted yesterday, this is merely a preservation of the status quo. Judge Bridges made clear that his ruling does not mean the automatic acceptance of this methodology. And so the Republican case now rests on the hearing about the expert testimony, known as a Frye hearing.

David Goldstein (Goldy) of also offers his take on yesterday's events, complete with an inside scoop from the courthouse.

We'll continue following this case and provide special coverage for the trial coming up in a couple of weeks.

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