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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-08 09:25 PM
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Misleading information on King County, WA Elections website
I noticed a discrepancy on King County Elections website regarding the October 20th deadline for in-person registration.

In some places they have correct language about "People not currently registered in the State of Washington, have until Oct 20 to register in person."

http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx

However, on some pages, in some instances even on the same page as the above, they state "new Washington residents only," "Last day for new WA residents to register in person" or even more specifically "If you miss the 30-day deadline and are new to the state, you can still sign up in time for the election, but you must register in person at the King County Elections Office no later than 15 days before the election."

http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.aspx

That wording excludes current residents and it is possible that someone could read that and erroneously think they can no longer register to vote in the Nov 4th election.

After noticing this early today, I called their office and spoke to a person who said he was aware of the problem and has contacted the web master to change the wording to the correct one. I also called Gregoire's campaign and a friend called the local Obama headquarters and the staff at both of those said they would follow up on this issue. In fact, in looking at the website tonight, I do see some changes, but still see some of the inaccurate wording on important pages like the Registration one.

I'm hoping I can get enough eyes on this and voices raised about it to get ALL the needed corrections in place. I'd hate to think any voters didn't register because of this.

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Clovis Sangrail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-08 09:39 PM
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1. you're right it could have been written better..
but it doesn't look nefarious... just like a website that could have been written better.
You should send them your concerns and be very specific about how to improve specific passages.
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-08 09:53 PM
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2. I agree that it probably wasn't on purpose
and I did address it that way when I spoke to the staffer there.
It seems to pop up most in bulleted or small boxed or tabled sections, so it could be someone tried to rewrite it to be briefer to fit and inadvertently changed the meaning.
Still, I think it's important that they catch every mention of it, especially those on the registration page and it looks like they might need reminders to do that.
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