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News Media Downplays Eastside Ballot Mess

The Potemkin Village, a.k.a., King County Elections, failed to mail out thousands of Eastside ballots on time, but most people in King County don't know about it, because the Mainstream News Media has downplayed it as if were nothing important that many voters may have been disenfranchised from the November 8th election.  Just because the ballots were mailed out eventually, presumably, does not mean that disenfranchisement did not take place, because many people may have left town for business or pleasure after they were suppose to receive them and before their ballots eventually arrived, and may not be planning to return home until after the election.  This could make a difference in a close election.

Meanwhile, the King County Council is starting to ask questions about this incident, and have requested the appearance of the incumbent director to the next council meeting, right before Election Day.  Don't bet on the news media covering this since they have been in the pocket …

Teenagers, Commoners and Reserved Politicians Are Supporting Mark

Update (May 14, 2012): The country of Austria is at least one country in the world that allows the vote for citizens as young as 16 years of age. Hopefully, the State of Washington will follow and lead the way for America to get high school students more interested in civics and politics.

Galvanized by Mark Greene's support for voting by 16 & 17 year olds, and social internet media activity that is spreading that message, there are increasing signs that teenagers in Seattle and other King County areas are pushing the vote for Mark by voting themselves if they are 18 or 19, or asking their parents to vote for Mark. Commoners increasingly frustrated by the Establisment's political aims over the years are also supporting Mark and participating in the "Occupy Seattle" protests. Some good politicians are supporting Mark as well, although they are talking in murmurs and being somewhat reserved as they may be apprehensive to upset the silence that has been laid out by t…

Setting the Record Straight, Again

Updated, further below, about 6:30 PM on Nov. 3, 2011.

I wouldn't even be dignifying some of these smears on the internet by responding to them if Google, Bing and Yahoo didn't place them on page 1 or 2 of internet searches of my name and candidacy, but there is one lie out there that needs to be rebutted before it gets traction: going against this lie, I very well do support verifiable paper trails of electronic vote tabulation machines.  The opposite of that is a particularly onerous lie, because not only do I support paper trails, but I want corroborating hand recounts of that same paper in sample random precincts of all elections regardless of how close the unofficial vote count is, and one day, I might even go farther than that, and say that paper should be used exclusively for voting in King County, and bar the tabulating machines.  So you can tell that the (Logan)-Huff supporters are getting desperate when they turn what I say into 180 degrees the opposite.  By the way,…

Mark Pays Surprise Visit to Elections

Austerity measures needed at Elections to save taxpayers' money.

Mark Greene showed up at King County Elections in Renton, today, to inspect the counting procedures and to become acquainted with the office staff.  Everything was essentially well as far as could be ascertained from a distance, but there were some frivolous items, such as paid water coolers, which should be abandoned in an era of severe state and county budget cuts.  It's no better than tap water, and probably less so, but if elected, Mark will poll workers before taking certain austerity measures.  Other austerity measures needed, generally, will be considered and acted upon if necessary without a poll.  Remember, also, Mark plans on reducing his own salary, if elected, by 50% by sending a letter to the council on Day 1 or during the transition period, and requesting a decrease.  This will not affect the salaries of the civil service staff.  The current salary for director is approximately $155,000 per year.

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An Activist Elections Department

Being that tomorrow is All Saints' Day, I recalled that I was named after Saint Mark, the writer of the 2nd gospel of the New Testament, which is widely known as the activist gospel.  If elected, I will lead an activist elections department, clearly realizing the constitutional separation of church and state, but activist in civic matters, such as going to the school boards and PTA meetings, advocating for more civics classes.  Going out into the communities, registering new voters and updating old registrations.  Going to the state legislature, advocating for sensible reforms that will make our election system better and more accessible to diverse socio-economic groups, including those that want to actively participate as candidates.  Going to the King County Council, advocating for temporary polling/election centers in county libraries and other places on election days.  This is just a sample of the brand new activist elections department that we would have if I am elected.  Tha…

Austria and Possibly Washington

Update (May 14, 2012):  The country of Austria is at least one country in the world that allows the vote for citizens as young as 16 years of age.  Hopefully, the State of Washington will follow and lead the way for America to get high school students more interested in civics and politics.

The word is starting to spread that Mark Greene, candidate for Director of Elections, supports the vote for 16 & 17 year olds, an age group which is increasingly taking on adult responsibilities such as driving automobiles and working for private employers.  Giving this age group the right to vote would increase interest in politics and civics generally in high school, thereby sparking a life-long interest that would increase participation in our national and state democracies over the long run.  This is as young as the right to vote should ever go, but we as a nation should get to that point as quickly as possible.  In a nation which has the gall to send 18 year olds to war, that group should …

I Wouldn't Write About This Election Either If I Were the Seattle Times

Imagine the Seattle Times just ignoring the King County Director of Elections election completely, after all the coverage they gave the very first election for this position in '09,  and just about every other local election that they are covering this year.  Do they think that I am so upset by their dereliction of duty that I am beside myself with grief, and might even consider getting out of politics because of them?  They can dream on, because I will be in the thick of politics with the support and votes of the people who are tired of politics as usual, because a victory by me would empower the people of King County through knowing that their votes will be counted and that they can change the government by will.  Nonetheless, I can understand the Times, because if I had missed a story on how a U.S. Representative primary was stolen in '04 in my own territory, and still refused to investigate it seven years later, if not actually stonewalling the story, I might not want to c…