Thursday, December 02, 2004

Surplus Funds

I am of the opinion that the John Kerry campaign should contribute some of their surplus funds to the Democratic candidate for Governor, Christine Gregoire (if it is legally possible, that is.) After one statewide recount, 42 votes separate her from her opponent, AND thousands of ballots across the state haven't been counted. Many had been set aside as spoiled ballots or have some editing in various forms.
It seems that Washington state law requires the party requesting the recount to pay for it, and it will cost at least $750,000. The Democratic Party is committed to this recount and are soliciting for contributions.. Out of nearly 3 million votes cast, only 42 votes separate the two candidates, a difference of 0.0014 percent. The error for voting machines is somewhere between 1 and 2 percent, or 1,000 times as great as the vote difference. That means that this race is tied, and anything is possible with a manual recount.
Seems logical to me, especially if the campaign has made previous contributions to getting Democrats elected.