This came out on Friday, when many start tuning out of the news in anticipation of the weekend. The Count My Vote group that wants to take away neighborhood elections and place political power squarely in the hands of political elites and big donors (see here and here too) may have an legal ‘oopsie’ on its hands. As Channel 2 reports (‘Illegal’ Actions Alleged Against Count My Vote – video at link):
Specifically, the complaint alleged corporate CMV donors have not filed necessary disclosures, that out of state residents have collected signatures, and that some of the petitions were left unattended—so no one actually witnessed petitions being inked.
Protect Our Neighborhood Elections also said a Washington School District Foundation director used a school “email system” to send out a notice about the initiative during school hours. The email was allegedly addressed to “all WCSD Employees,” and was said to include the words, “Information about the Count My Vote Initiative is available at your school office to include signature booklets. The petition deadline for signatures is January 31, 2013.”
More dramatic was an audio recording purported to be of a Count My Vote signature taker, who seemed to link the petition effort to kids’ lunches that were tossed at a local elementary school several weeks ago.
Here’s the full audio of the non-resident, “signature taker”: