Monday, November 13, 2006

The Washington State Midterm Election Wrap-up

So as a Green, I was very pleased with the results in the northwest.

Many of you may think that the Greens took a pounding in this election in Washington State, however, I am not of this opinion. This was the first state-wide race for the Green Party, and the Aaron Dixon Campaign ran a statewide race. I am proud of the Greens and the Aaron Dixon Campaign for going boldy where no Washington State Green campaign has gone before. Only a statewide party since 2000, a statewide race was a big undertaking, but it was done well.

From my perspective, Aaron Dixon proved he was the right man for the job. He stood up in public and spoke the truth as he sees it. One may not agree with everything that Mr. Dixon said or did during the race, but that's inevitable in any campaign. The important thing in any Green campaign is to stick it out until the end. Because if you are not willing to stand up for your beliefs in the face of overwhelming negative attacks as a spoiler, on your person, your past, your family, your character, and your motivations, don't even think about running as a Green.

But Aaron Dixon took the inevitable personal attacks in stride, and even when Mark Wilson took the money and dropped out before the primaries, Aaron stood firm.

Aaron also bridged a gap that has existed in the northwest progressive community for a long time, and brought together different groups in a way that rarely happens. What grows from this is yet to be seen. But one thing is certain, as we grow the Green Party in Washington State we will need more candidates like Aaron Dixon. Candidates who when facing a system with the odds firmly stacked against them, are willing to get into the ring and fight until the last bell rings.

The Dixon campaign made national news several times, from the announcement of his candidacy to the day of the protest and arrest, the former Panther never once backed down. And the Green Party of Washington State held firm as well. We stood by the campaign attack after attack. So while every campaign has a rough road to walk, in the end I am personally proud of the Party and the Dixon Campaign.

Last Tuesday marked the end of the beginning for the Green Party of Washington State. We've run races from the local to the state level, and even won some along the way. We've planted the seeds of the party from Spokane to Tacoma. We are the fastest growing political party around, and though the winds may blow from Democrat to Republican year after year, the Green Party continues to grow in the face of overwhelming odds and negative attack. But as we stand firm, the campaigns we run and lose today will become the seeds of the campaigns that we will run and win in the years to come.

On this note, it's important to mention that IRV passed in Pierce county. This is a big win for the people of Pierce County. I hope everyone who supports IRV and who worked hard to pass this initiative gets all the help they need moving forward towards implementation.

Ok now, the 2006 election season is over. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard this year. There's more work to be done. Be sure to check out what the Green's up in San Juan County are doing, they are fighting the County over bar codes on the Ballots. Made by the local company VoteHere, this group has ties to the CIA, most notably the new Donald Rumsfeld replacement, Robert Gates.

The Green Party San Juan County Link
Island Guardian

The Black Box Story on Robert Gates:
Blackbox Report

More about VoteHere:
Free Press Report

As always... there's more work to be done.

1 comment:

Gent said...

Tim White, from the San Juan County Greens updates the story that is unfolding in San Juan County where Green Party members are suing the county over the use of ballot tracking software that compromises the integrity of the secret ballot:
November 15th, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Here’s an update on the early Nov comment reporting Green Party suit against San Juan County, WA, for violating secret ballot law by using VoteHere’s Mail-in Ballot Tracker to link each ballot’s unique barcode to the identity of the voter assigned that ballot.

The lawsuit is currently front page news in San Juan Co:

The original post here misidentified the locale as Island County, which shares the lawsuit’s Superior Court jurisdiction with the smaller San Juan County. [Editor's Note... Oops]

Additional info, including San Juan Public Access TV Special Report, text of suit, at

Here’s the press release:

Voters file lawsuit alleging San Juan County Auditor’s Office use of ballot tracking software illegal.
Friday Harbor WA (Nov. 2, 2006) Today local Green Party members filed a lawsuit in San Juan County Superior Court challenging the legality of ballots tracked with personal ID bar codes. San Juan County was the first county in the country to implement a ballot tracking system using a bar code on each individual’s ballot to uniquely identify the voter. In the current General Electron, the software is deployed in as many as 29 Washington counties.

County citizens are rejecting their personal ballot bar codes in multiple letters to the editor, by blacking them out, cutting them off, and perhaps not voting at all. Turnout has plummeted. The local paper’s feature editorial has condemned the system. One of the County’s two Auditor candidates is calling for its abandonment.

Allan Rosato and Tim White of the Elections Working Group of the Green Party of San Juan County explained their action in a statement released today:
We filed this suit as a measure of last resort. During the County’s first six all-mail elections over the past 12 months, we’ve attempted to get action by presentations to the Board of County Commissioners, the new County Council, the Elections Department, the County Elections Canvassing Board, and the County Prosecuting Attorney.

Final word from County officials is that the Courts must decide.

We’re seeking a Superior Court injunction stopping the use of VoteHere Inc.’s uncertified ‘Mail-in Ballot Tracker’ because it violates not only the Secretary of State’s own Washington Administrative Code, but five Washington State laws explicitly prohibiting any distinguishing marks of any kind on any ballot. A key provision of our State Constitution ‘secure[s] to every elector absolute secrecy in preparing and depositing his ballot.’ We contend that what remains of ballot secrecy is contingent, not absolute. We want to vote secret ballots. Period.
Video news clip, lawsuit text, complete story:
Allan Rosato, Orcas, 360-376-2158
Tim White, Orcas, 360-376-5851