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Sidran Concedes to Nickels After a Drawn-Out Race

Cathy Duchamp
11/16/2001

Mark Sidran has conceded the Seattle mayor's race. He says he would be unable to overtake Greg Nickels in the absentee ballots remaining to be counted. Still, the drawn-out race raises questions about absentee ballots, and when they should be turned in. KUOW's Cathy Duchamp reports.

RIGHT NOW, VOTERS STATEWIDE CAN MAIL IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS AS LATE AS ELECTION NIGHT. THAT MEANS IN CLOSE RACES, LIKE THE ONE BETWEEN MARK SIDRAN AND GREG NICKELS, IT COULD BE THANKSGIVING BEFORE A WINNER IS DECLARED. MANY LAWMAKERS SAY THATíS TOO LONG A WAIT: We really do need to make a change. STATE SENATOR JEANNIE KOHL WELLS OF SEATTLE IS ON OF TEN LAWMAKERS WHO HAVE SPONSORED BILLS THAT WOULD REQUIRE MAIL IN BALLOTS TO BE POSTMARKED BEFORE ELECTION DAY. KOHL-WELLS SAYS WAITING MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR THE VICTOR TO SMOOTHLY TRANSITION INTO OFFICE: A mayor has to get his or her team together and to have to delay for weeks can really make it difficult for a speedy cheerful transition NICKELS STAFFERS SAY THE WAIT HASNíT STALLED SOME PRELIMINARY TRANSITION PLANNING- ITS JUST CAUSED A LOT OF NAIL BITING. WASHINGTON IS ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF STATES THAT LET VOTERS MAIL IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS UP TO ELECTION NIGHT. KING COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS DECLINE TO TAKE A POSITION ON THE ISSUE. BUT ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR JULIE ANN KEMPF SAYS THE PHILOSOPHY IS TO TREAT ALL VOTERS THE SAME: Requiring the absentee voter to return their ballot before election day deprives that voter of newspaper articles, radio articles, just a variety of information that might become available about the candidate in the last week of the campaign. And so thereís a philosophy that that would make a 2nd class voter out of the absentee voter because they would have to vote earlier than the poll voter. OREGON HAS RESOLVED THE ISSUE WITH ITS EXCLUSIVE VOTE-BY-MAIL SYSTEM, WHERE POLLS ARE A THING OF THE PAST. SECRETARY OF STATE SAM REED HAS SAID WASHINGTON ISNíT READY FOR THAT SYSTEM YET, BUT HE SAYS STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN, TO NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN ELECTION NIGHT AND THE FINAL VICTORY PARTY. IíM CATHY DUCHAMP. KUOW 94.9 PUBLIC RADIO.
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