BREAKING: King Co. GOP paying canvassers to collect unmailed ballots

By • on November 2, 2012 7:06 pm

The home page of King County Elections now has posted a warning about an effort by the King County Republican Party to use paid canvassers to “help people vote” and then collect their ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters.

An intrepid ETS! reader called the party office this afternoon (call them yourself! 425-990-0404 h/t RL) and was told that “We’re going door-to-door to help people fill out their ballots, then you bring the ballots to GOP headquarters, and we take them to the ballot box.” (This sounds exactly like something the Grinch, dressed as Santa, told little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.)

Canvassers who show up each day, beginning tomorrow (Saturday Nov. 3) through the 6th, can be paid $20 an hour from 10-6 PM each day for this outstanding public service. The King County Republican Party office is at 845 106th Ave. N. Bellevue WA 98004.

There’s nothing illegal about “helping” someone fill out a ballot at home – “oh, wait, no, no, dear, you don’t want her, you want HIM” – or with a voter willingly handing her or his ballot to a third party for “delivery” – assuming, of course, that the ballots are not, for example, collected in heavily Democratic precincts and then thrown away.

It also turns out a similar scheme, allegedly on behalf of a state legislative campaign, has surfaced in Boulder, Colorado. Literally scores of different Republican ratfucking schemes for obstructing the right to vote of people not likely to vote Republican have been bubbling up around the country for months; it’s not much of a stretch – at all – to think this could be another. With far more jurisdictions using mail-in and absentee balloting than in the past – including all of Oregon and Washington state – this sort of “service” is likely to pop up more often in the future, unless it’s stopped now.

It sounds like some folks need to show up in Bellevue tomorrow. And Sunday. And Monday and Tuesday. Make some cash. And since you’re going to be making some money at it, be sure to buy a roll or two of stamps ahead of time. Then, when you collect ballots, mail the damn things. We just want to save those poor, hard-working souls at the King County GOP from all that extra work of taking thousands of ballots to the shredder election office, right?

To track whether your ballot has been received and counted, go here. And for the love of all that is noodly, if someone comes to your door and offers to take your ballot from you, slam the door on them and call 911.

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