The Seattle Times is reporting that Dino Rossi, the GOP candiate for governor in the never ending saga as to who will become governor may file suit today seeking to have the election overturned. Rossi may alledge everything but the kitchen sink, saying that the mishandling of provisional ballots, votes by dead people, felons and multiple votes by the same person. While the provisional ballot issue and the appearance of more votes being counted than voters who appeared at the polls is likely to be Rossi's best line of attack.
As mentioned yesterday, the Help America Vote Act that created the provisional ballot did little to prepare the states for how to handle such ballots or to prevent the use of such ballots for voter fraud. Given that there is a presumption of validity of a ballot (otherwise you get disenfranchisment) many ballots that may be invalid were likely counted. Looks like some work needs to be done.
In the meanwhile, Rossi and Gregorie and their camps are locked in a rhetorical battle about the election. If you thought Florida in 2000 was bad, it has now been better than two months since the election took place. We may never know who won, nor is there a clear idea what Rossi will ask for in his suit. In theory a judge may dismiss the claim, declare Rossi the winner or set aside this election and call for a new election.
At this point, I am prepared to let the candidates play a best two of three Rock,Paper Scissors game.
The Seattle Times: Local News: GOP expected to file suit over Gregoire's win