King County shows gap in voters - Officials stress that report is preliminary
In a response that all but said "Settle down!" county officials
stressed the list was preliminary, noting that records of voters who
cast certain write-in ballots and people who wanted their addresses
kept confidential still had to be reconciled with election data.
"We want those names now," Rossi told a news conference at his Bellevue headquarters about a half hour before Gregoire's victory speech. "You can't certify an election with 3,500 mystery voters."
Yet Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, did just that Thursday morning.
After officially declaring Gregoire the winner, Reed said he was surprised by the King County discrepancy, but not concerned enough to withhold certification.
"We have no reason to believe the votes were not properly cast," he said.
In all, King County tallied 899,199 votes Nov. 2, while the preliminary
list the county gave Republicans and others who had requested it credited
only 895,660 people with voting.
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