Election Official Puts Obstacle in Way of Officialdom

Mark Greene filed for election for sheriff, today, but it's unclear whether his path to having the write-in vote declared official is clear. An Elections Department official said that Mark's election candidacy petition cannot be supplemented by additional signatures if the requisite number of signatures required by the department has not been attained. However, the timeline for turning in a petition is not until November 2nd, plenty of time to turn in extra signatures. In addition, the official said that the petition would not be returned to the candidate if the number of signatures required is not reached.

In other words, this would keep signatures that would be in their possession from being combined with other signatures to reach the requisite number. This policy by the department seems contrary to the standards set by the Secretary of State, Sam Reed, whose office in Olympia allows additional signatures to be turned in within statutory time periods if it is necessary. As a result of this declaration by the official, Mark withheld turning in all of the signatures that he had at the time until further clarification is made or a court overturns their stance.

Meanwhile, the corporate mainstream news media is doing their level best to keep news of an election challenge away from the public. There has been no news by them about Mark's write-in candidacy, which they realize would make a write-in challenge, barring a very well-funded campaign treasury, nearly impossible to succeed. That is why Mark and the Party of Commons needs supporters to start spreading the word about his write-in candidacy.

Despite these obstacles of unorthodox rules by an election regime determined to keep out candidates representative of the people, a partisan corporate media, and practically no money, "Commons" is about the only party ensuring that there are competitive elections for top county positions other than county executive in King County. Please, send a contribution to help us if you can.

Mark Greene for Sheriff Committee
P.O. Box 612
Bellevue, WA 98009

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