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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-26-06 01:53 PM
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20. WA: Voters get their say on electing auditor

Sims denounces council decision to put issue on ballot


Touching off a political brawl, King County Council Republicans and a maverick Democrat said Tuesday that they'll give voters in November the option to turn the troubled elections department over to an elected county auditor.

County Executive Ron Sims, a Democrat whose appointees now manage elections, angrily slammed the plan, saying it is "full of irony, hypocrisy and inconsistency when you look at past statements, actions and inactions of council members.

"I believe this is politically motivated to create doubt about an elections system that has made a remarkable turnaround since the 2004 elections," Sims said. Those elections exposed numerous operational problems and led to months of litigation.

Republicans said amending the county charter to place elections under an elected official is an important reform for a flawed department. Democrats said it would politicize an operation that ought to be under a professional administrator.
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