We don't cover Washington State news here at BlueOregon much, but there are some dirty tricks happening up there that are worth paying attention to -- at least, because they might be headed to Oregon next year.
In a few days, Washington voters will be voting on ballot measures and local offices - including King County Executive. So, the King County GOP is trying to toss a bunch of voters off the rolls.
From a very well-written and sourced diary over at DailyKos:
Just days before this Tuesday's general election, thousands of voters have received letters in the mail informing them that their right to vote is being challenged by the Republican Party of King County. It's an outrageous attempt to harass and intimidate King County voters from going to the polls or mailing in their absentee ballots. The Republicans are filing these challenges now in the hopes of influencing this year's race for King County Executive, which pits progressive Democrat Ron Sims (the incumbent) against Republican challenger David Irons.
King County Republican Vice Chairman Lori Sotelo recently filed challenges to nearly 2,000 voters within the county, claiming that she had "personal knowledge or belief" that those voters did not live at their registered addresses.
Apparently, some 60 of the voters live in a single legit apartment building - and hundreds more live in bona fide houses, apartments, and other residences.
It appears that having claimed to have 'personal knowledge' (and having failed to actually have knowledge) Sotelo may be prosecuted for hundreds of charges of perjury. Either that, or a massive class action civil rights claim. Details at NWProgressive's diary at DailyKos.