KIRO Found A Felon Who VotesOctober 16th, 2008 by Steven Gardner
Actually, KIRO said it found thousands.
SEATTLE — An exclusive KIRO Team 7 Investigation discovers the state will send ballots to thousands of convicted felons in the next week, even though many can’t legally vote.
The Secretary of State’s responded, saying its ongoing work to purge ineligible voters continues, but that the data KIRO has is flawed. Says state Elections Director Nick Handy:
“The KIRO data stretches back to the 1800s and contains no information about whether voting rights have been restored,” he said. “Most of the cases involve files that have already been closed by the Department of Corrections.
“There is no definitive list of people who are ineligible to vote and we not simply revoke registrations based on speculative data or mere statistics. The government must have real evidence before we go cancelling a person’s registration. To do otherwise would violate citizens’ civil rights.”
Read the KIRO story here.
Read the Secretary of State’s office response here.