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Monday, June 25, 2007

Investigation of Possible Voter Fraud Brought to Light by Public Records

"Prosecutors in King County are looking at possible criminal charges related to a voter-registration drive held in 2006, echoing the suspicions of impropriety raised during the razor-close gubernatorial election of 2004." Emails from elections officials discussed the need for an investigation. "The e-mails came to light after a records request by the Building Industry Association of Washington. BIAW posted some of the e-mails on its Web site."

Good for BIAW. Often maligned as too "conservative," BIAW does some of the best investigative work around--and usually via the Public Records Act. (Uncovering wrongdoing by the status quo government establishment is hardly "conservative," but that's a discussion for a different day.) Many in government want to weaken the Public Records Act. Ever wonder why?