What do you think of the election decision?
Judge John Bridges today upheld the election of Gov. Christine Gregoire. He determined that there were 1,678 illegal votes cast in the election, but he said Republicans had provided no real proof that illegal votes benefited Gregoire.
We asked you what you think of the ruling, and here's a sample of what you said:
"I am glad this is finally over. In the end, nobody truly knows how many votes each party received, but this at least gives us some closure for our State."
— Brian Whitman, Spokane
"Thank God that Judge Bridges agrees with conservative Republicans that judges should avoid aggressive judicial activism."
— Joseph Corvino, Walla Walla
"This kinda' feels like the O. J. verdict: We all know he did it, but the prosecution just couldn't prove it."
— Jason Horn, Issaquah
"Judge Bridges confirmed my impression of him as a hard nosed judge of quality. In 1960 Richard Nixon had a good case that he, not John Kennedy had won the election. Nixon declined to challenge the outcome for the good of the nation. In this case Mr. Rossi has proven repeatedly he has not got the right stuff to serve in high office. This should end it."
— Gerald Gilbert, Kent
"Once again, we see that our judicial system is a law unto itself, completely insulated from reality; one would have to have a political agenda to come up with the same conclusion as Bridges. I sure hope that this isn't the final word!"
— Diane Berkey, Richland
"If a private sector person or company had been responsible for the Election process, they would be held accountable for the mismanagement of the election. It will be business as usual in King County tomorrow morning... I have no confidence in King County Government."
— Mark Uhlman, Yakima
"As questionable as this election was, I must believe that the judge is a fair and honest man, and that he used good judgment in making his decision. Even though I am not a democrat and would have liked to have seen Gregoire's appointment overturned, I support, and appreciate, the legal system that has allowed her to stay in office."
— Nina Bayer, Kenmore
"I accept the court's decision completely. Now, let's fix the problems in the voting system. Pronto!"
— Judy Rieke, Seattle
"Not surprised. I do think King County owes the rest of the State an apology for the whole mess and they should be under intense pressure to fix it. I feel my rights as a voter have been undermined by their incompetence."
— Michael Dyer, Anacortes
"Great news! But what a waste of taypayers money. Hopefully, King County will now get busy and clean up the problems in the elections office."
— Jean Warren, Seattle
"I think that if ever there was an election that called for a re-vote this was it. The judges decision shows that if you can get yourself into office by hook or by crook you've got it made. Haven't come very far from the days of the wild west have we?"
— Lisa Abbott, Everett
"That is ridiculous. The election is not settled in my view, and we would still be counting the votes if she didn't win on the third try — at least this should calm the Democrat's view of the Florida situation."
— John Flora, Sammamish
"I have been following this since the election from Tucson, AZ. I sincerely hope this will put the mess to rest. The Republicans should stop being sore losers and let Ms Gregoire do her job."
— Cecilia Monroe, Tucson, AZ
"Hopefully, the Republicans will now take the high road avoid an appeal the the Supreme Court and get ready for 2008. We need a break from this-the election is over."
— Jack Lyons, Kirkland
"I think Judge John Bridges did nothing short of throw his hands up in the air and pass the buck. Although his ruling was made by strict adherence to "the rule of law" for the State of Washingtons RCW codes the court also has the ability to set precedence as well. I believe for the court to openly acknowledge 1678 illegal votes cast in the election and then say that those votes had no outcome on the 129 vote difference in the Gov. election spits in the face of common sense — something this court was oblivious too. Maybe the State Supreme court will have the apptitude to do the right thing — let the voters decide and have a re-vote!"
— Dan Thompson, Kirkland
"Yea Christine, Yea Washington, Yea the United States of America."
— Roy Lesher, Camano Island, WA
"Regardless of your political persuasion this decision was made under the rule of law in a clear, cogent manner. The plaintiffs entire case was one of muddying the waters enough to hope there would be a chance of prevailing. I can't blame them in such a close election. However, it is DONE. Do not appeal, there is no real basis of appeal. Take whatever political capital you have and put that into the next race."
— Jay Farrell, Seattle
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