September 14, 2023, Election Integrity update by Bill Bruch
This is a follow-up to my July 20, 2023, article, Why King County Elections Policies Foster Corruption and Fraud, exposing policy ripe for corruption by sending “signature form letters” to everyone possible on the voter rolls. Knowing that many of these “registered voters” do not live at the addresses, is an easy way for bad actors to steal voter identities, vote illegal ballots, and ultimately steal elections.
Now we are finding the King County Elections tabulation server failed during the August Primary Election. According to the elections office, this was due to a “database overload” - which forced a new “back-up” server to be installed. This required a new “emergency” Logic & Accuracy (L & A) test to be done. Per WAC 434-335-330 (4) If, for any reason, changes are made to the ballot counting programming after the official logic and accuracy test, an emergency logic and accuracy test must be conducted pursuant to WAC 434-335-310.
Problem being, King County Elections never notified the Secretary of State, Republican or Democrat election observers, or the King County Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee of the required test. And if there was an emergency L & A test, there were NO election observers present for the test. This all violates state statutes!
To make matters worse, suspiciously, PRR records say the security cameras covering the tabulation area, were not functioning. Yes, zero election observer witnesses, nor video evidence of any new (required by law) L & A test. Hmm…
So, how do we know a new L & A test was actually done? We don’t.
Tuesday, King County GOP responded with a press release:
King County Republican Party Demands Accountability and Transparency in Election Process
SEPT. 12, 2023, BELLEVUE, WA – The King County Republican Party (KCGOP) is deeply troubled by recent developments that have raised serious concerns about transparency and the integrity of our electoral process.
During the recent Primary Election, a significant event unfolded - the replacement of the primary tabulation server, the central component of the election process. This replacement necessitated a Logic and Accuracy Test (L&A Test) to certify the server as compliant to conduct elections in Washington State. Astonishingly, the KCGOP was not notified of this server replacement or the subsequent required L&A Test. Such a failure to inform and involve political parties directly violates the essence of WAC 434-335-330 and WAC 434-335-310, which mandate the notification of political parties and their participation in these critical tests to safeguard election integrity, in accordance with RCW 29.A.12.130.
Compounding these concerns, our public records request revealed that the security camera meant to capture the L&A Test was not operational on the day of the test. The absence of video documentation during a pivotal phase of the electoral process amplifies our apprehensions regarding transparency, accountability, and adherence to the law.
While we appreciate Director Wise's response from the King County Elections Office to our letter outlining our concerns, the proposed changes for future elections fall short of addressing the procedural breakdown and lack of compliance with state laws that have occurred. A mere apology does not suffice when the trust in our elections is on the line.
KCGOP Chairman Mathew Patrick Thomas declared, "This isn't merely a procedural lapse; it represents a breach of public trust. Our electoral process is the bedrock of our democracy, and any actions undermining its transparency and integrity must be swiftly and decisively rectified."
We demand a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident, along with a rigorous examination of King County Elections to determine any and all violations of state laws and regulations. Immediate steps must be taken to rectify these issues and reassure the public that the upcoming General 2023 Election will be conducted with unwavering compliance with all legal requirements.
The KCGOP remains vigilant in its commitment to ensuring fair, legal, and transparent elections. We expect nothing less from those entrusted with administering them.
BUT WAIT, IT GETS MUCH WORSE! PRR of 2023 log files are showing that King County election officials have been adjudicating ballots, deleting batches of ballots, and re-scanning ballots outside of normal office hours with NO NOTICE TO ELECTION OFFICIALS AND NO ELECTION OBSERVERS PRESENT.
OF NOTE: IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW - King County PRR log files for the November 2022 general election also showed the same questionable election procedures: Working outside normal business hours; ELECTION OBSERVERS NOT NOTIFIED OR PRESENT; adjudicating ballots; deleting batches of ballots; and re-scanning ballots. Hmm… FULL ARTICLE HERE