DAVE ROSS

Ross: Make sure to sign your ballot properly to get your vote counted

Nov 3, 2022, 8:04 AM | Updated: 3:54 pm
ballot ballots...
King County Elections workers process ballots at King County Elections headquarters on November 3, 2020 in Renton, Washington. Washington state is on track to set a record for voter turnout this year. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

We are now seven days into the ballot collection process, and a clear trend has emerged. The older you are, the more likely you’ve already voted. For voters 18-24, only about 8% of the ballots have been sent in, but for voters 65-plus, close to 48% have already voted.

Across all ages, about one-quarter of all registered voters have had their votes counted as of now.


More from Dave Ross: Defunding the IRS is like saying you’ll save air by not breathing

The county with the highest turnout so far – bucolic Jefferson County – spanning the majestic Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to the coast: Of the 27,000 registered voters there, 43% have already sent in their ballots.

But there is one disturbing trend. Across the state, thousands of votes – 17,160 as of now – have been rejected temporarily because people either did not sign the envelope or their signatures didn’t match what the state has on file.

And before anybody says, “aha! That’s where the vote fraud comes in” – we actually know who these people are.

Checking the King County list, I see that a ballot from Danielle in Seattle has a signature that didn’t match, same for Robert in Kirkland, James in Redmond, and Seth in Auburn. Kevin in Issaquah didn’t sign his envelope at all!

There’s also Lacy in Burien, whose ballot was rejected because her voter registration failed the ID check, and she will have to provide a valid ID before her ballot can be counted. (So yes, there is an ID check.) And then there’s the case of Christopher in Shoreline, whose ballot was rejected with the simple note: “deceased.” So yes – for those wondering about dead people voting – the computers check for that too.

All of these people, except, sad to say, that last person, will be getting a call from an elections official asking them to prove who they are. If they can’t, the envelope is not opened, and the ballot does not count.

You can avoid these problems by checking one last time that you’ve signed your ballot and that you’re signing it with the signature you used when you registered.

I don’t know how it can get more transparent than this, and actually – I can see where some of you might think it’s too transparent. You obviously can’t find out how people voted, but— anybody can find out who’s voted and which ballots have problems.

And if you see something fishy, you don’t have to pick up a sign and protest; you can call the county elections department and file a challenge.

And if you haven’t voted yet, you might also want to check the list to make sure no one has stolen your identity and voted pretending to be you! And if any of you do find evidence of outright voter fraud – don’t just call the state – feel free to call us too. Heck – it might get you a cameo at Donald Trump’s campaign kickoff – which I’m guessing will be Wednesday.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross

Thanksgiving dinner...
Dave Ross

Ross: How to keep your Thanksgiving peaceful this year

I know Americans define Thanksgiving as a holiday to remind us all why we moved away from our relatives. But it doesn't have to be that way.
3 days ago
pilot...
Dave Ross

Ross: Could planes only have one pilot someday?

Just one pilot in the cockpit. That would free up more pilots to compensate for crew shortages, and of course, save money.
3 days ago
holiday...
Dave Ross

Ross: Want to solve holiday travel? Just live closer to your family

The answer to solving holiday travel is always the same – the best time to fly is when nobody else is flying.
4 days ago
young voters...
Dave Ross

Ross: Young voters are key to Democrat wins, if they can get a high turnout

It said that young voters “delivered on President Joe Biden’s hopes they would turn out in the mid-terms,” and that voters under 30 were key.
5 days ago
Seattle roadside graffiti...
Dave Ross

Ross: Graffiti along the ‘gateway to Seattle’ is embarrassing

Time to put this graffiti out of its misery. Painting it over doesn't work. So, I'll say it again: put up artificial vegetation.
8 days ago
Same-sex marriage...
Dave Ross

Ross: Politicians now have one less thing to fight about

The same-sex marriage debate has been ugly, but it’s that tension that makes a compromise like the Respect for Marriage Act stand out.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
Ross: Make sure to sign your ballot properly to get your vote counted