12 November 2004

Judge Sides With Democrats In Ballot Dispute

November 12, 2004

SEATTLE - A judge on Friday ordered King County elections officials to turn over the names of 929 voters whose provisional ballots are in dispute. State Democrats said they planned to contact those listed to ensure their votes count.

In tears, Democratic Party chairman Paul Berendt said volunteers would work through the weekend to contact the voters.

"We're up to it," he said, his voice breaking. "We've had hundreds of people volunteer to help."

Every vote is crucial in the state's tight race for the governor's mansion. Republican Dino Rossi was leading Democrat Christine Gregoire by just hundreds of votes Friday, and King County voters lean heavily Democratic.


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