April 10, 2006
Bogus Voting Residences (X): Joel Connelly's Whidbey Island vacation retreat

Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has 4 people registered to vote claiming residence at his 737 sq. ft cabin on Whidbey Island.

These registered voters are: Connelly himself, Virginia Snyder, who Connelly informs me is his "master landscaper", and Ellen and David Lawsky. Connelly is an interesting case, as he might be able to argue plausibly that he's resident of either Seattle or Whidbey Island. My interpretation is that he's a Seattle resident who is claiming voting residence at his weekend home so he can vote in more competitive races, but he asserts other facts that would support his claim to a Whidbey Island residence. I'll get to this at the end of the post.

The registrations that appear to be outright fraudulent (and I don't use that word lightly here) are those of Ellen and David Lawsky. David Lawsky is a correspondent for Reuters, who relocated from the Washington, DC bureau to the Brussels bureau in 2001. Ellen Lawsky is Head of the International High School in Brussels. In a May 2004 column, Connelly described Lawsky as "a hiking buddy visiting from Washington, D.C.". Funny then, that this out of town visitor and his wife had registered to vote at Connelly's Island County cabin in October 2002 and have voted in 8 elections since, including those for local school, park and library measures. But how can they legitimately claim to be legal residents of Island County, Washington State, and not Washington, DC? As far as I can tell, they can't --

Connelly e-mailed me that

They are, however, former Seattleites who registered with the expressed intent of moving back to Washington when present assignments come to an end.
David has more than a bit of sweat equity in the place. He helped haul railroad ties used to buttress the trail system.
A good friend, indeed. But in terms of specific legal facts that establish residency? Neither of the Lawskys possess Washington state drivers licenses, and the kicker -- they continue to own their longtime home in Washington DC where they claim the Homestead property tax credit which is available only for property owners who use the property as their principle place of residence. (See the Washington DC Real Property Assessment Database, lookup Square: 2294, Suffix: E, Lot: 0028). David Lawsky has not yet responded to my e-mail asking for a comment.

Clearly we have enough problems with elections in this state that we don't need out-of-staters fraudulently claiming residence here and disenfranchising bona fide residents who actually live with the results and pay the taxes. An Island County voter would do well to formerly challenge the Lawskys' registrations, and even contact law enforcement to file a complaint for criminal voter registration fraud. Contact the Island County Auditor and Prosecuting Attorney for details.

As far as Joel Connelly's residential situation -- He seems to be more of a Seattle resident than a Whidbey Island resident. The mailing address on his voter registration is at the P-I in Seattle. The mailing address on his Island County property tax bill is at a P.O. Box in Seattle. (go here lookup key 129024). Obituaries of his late partner, who passed away in 2002, describe the couple's residence along these lines:

Pailthorp and life-partner Joel Connelly shared a home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood ... Pailthorp and Connelly also established a vacation retreat on Whidbey Island...
The Whidbey Island home appears to be the vacation retreat, while when Connelly uses the words "home" and "neighborhood" in his column, he is referring to Madrona. When he purchased the Madrona home from his late partner's estate, he listed his Seattle address, not his Whidbey Island address, on the excise tax affidavit. His column of September 22, 2003 explains exactly what he's doing:
After years of being ignored by McDermott as a Seattle voter, I switched registration to Whidbey Island: The competitive 2nd District was a resident's tonic
Not that he moved his residence, but that he "switched registration" (in 1996). Wouldn't we all like to switch registration so we can vote in a competitive district? Unfortunately, we don't all own weekend homes.

I asked Connelly for comment, and his replies are here and here. He seems pretty defensive, accusing me of trying to "ratfuck" him, whatever that means. The evidence suggests to me that he's more of a Seattle resident than a Whidbey Island resident, but that it's not a slam dunk either way. Frankly, I hope that an Island County resident challenges Connelly's registration and that Connelly prevails, so as to set a precedent. I too hope to get a weekend home outside of Seattle at some point and I'd like there to be clear case law that would enable me to legally register and vote at a weekend home, so I can participate in competitive Congressional and legislative elections. If any Island County resident, who would prefer that weekend residents from Seattle do not vote in local elections, wants to challenge Connelly's registration, let me know. I can point you to more public records that would strengthen the argument that his legal residence is in Seattle.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at April 10, 2006 01:27 PM | Email This
1. Oh, dear. You've stepped in it now. What *will* ivan and the rest of the trolls say?

Posted by: libertarianobserver on April 10, 2006 01:55 PM
2. Obese KLOWN columnists apparently have a "Special Provision" to have the same number of voters & votes in direct proportion to their girth.

Since Cornholey is the same size as 4 normal people, he gets 4 voters in his little shed!!!!

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on April 10, 2006 01:57 PM
3. Stefan--
Perhaps Joel's "guests" did also vote in Washington DC.
It would also be interesting to know precisely WHERE the Lawsky's ballots were mailed.
Were they mailed to Joel's address???
If so, did Joel forward them???
I cannot wait for his explanation of this one!
I'll bet Joel has just been waitin' for you to come a knockin' on this one Stefan.
Joel can rationalize anything....just read his pathetic columns!!
Joel owes his readers an explanation.
This one isn't going away.

Posted by: dude on April 10, 2006 02:01 PM
4. There will be no explanation forthcoming -- it will simply be ignored....problem solved Seattle/King county style.

Posted by: Lew on April 10, 2006 02:03 PM
5. The Lawskys' have their ballots sent to Brussels. As expatriates, they're entitled to vote at their last U.S. residence. They can't just choose to vote anywhere in the country. I believe the facts show that their last U.S. residence was in Washington DC, not Whidbey Island.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 10, 2006 02:04 PM
6. More competitive races, my rear. Looks like somebody is evading King County taxes ;)

Posted by: Steve_dog on April 10, 2006 02:10 PM
7. "Only the little people pay taxes" - Leona Helmsley

"Only Republicans and rat-effers follow the rules" - Joel Connelly

Posted by: CommonCents on April 10, 2006 02:11 PM
8. Maybe this is the case to provide some exposure to this nonsense. Where's Rob McKenna and the Attorney General's Office?

Posted by: MJC on April 10, 2006 02:14 PM
9. Stefan--
After re-reading Joel's e-mails to you, I find him to be more & more of a condescending, arrogant prick than I ever dreamed he was......and rest assured he was already a 10 on the Prick-meter!!.

The bigger story here is Joel's response & attitude. How in the world can he feel it is justifiable to register to vote from your vacation home? And how can he justify these folks traveling abroad and picking his place to register and vote in local elections?
And does this Ginny Snyder live with him?
He says she is his master gardener...but where does she actually reside?
Joel Connelly has made a career out of poking fun and attacking folks he disagrees with politically. Now that he is on the hotseat, he uses words like "ratf*ck".
My, oh my....kind of "thin-skinned" isn't he!!!

Posted by: dude on April 10, 2006 02:17 PM
10. I went through a gut-wrenching decision a few years back concerning our weekend retreat in Chelan County. I was hoping to avoid the overexcessive Sound Transit taxes and others in my home county on automobiles.

I went so far as to ask the auditor's staffperson where and if I could claim my weekend retreat as my primary address. Her reply was a stern response, "you know where you live". I asked what criteria there was to primary residence, etc. and came away that I had to use my west side address, not the Chelan County address.

I asked if anyone would check on me and I got the impression that no one would.

My dilemma was then, "do I pay less taxes but have a guilty conscience or I more taxes?" I am just a glutton for punishment so I kept my western Washington address.

Apparently, Joel did the opposite.

Posted by: swatter on April 10, 2006 02:19 PM
11. Well, if Island County doesn't want to prosecute the Lawsky's, it sounds like a little tax-fraud prosecution might be in order!! They can't have that on both ways!

Posted by: Jeremy on April 10, 2006 02:21 PM
12. Fantastic work Stefan. I hereby nominate you for the first online Pulitzer Award for Committing Journalism in the Public Service.

Posted by: Haze Doran on April 10, 2006 02:30 PM
13. Does it really matter how many people have wonderful things to say about their buddy Joel? What does a strict interpretation of the law say about his home address?

He may be able to get by with having his cabin as his home address, but the Lawsky's situation appears to be quite different. And who knows where his master gardener really lives.

Posted by: Gary on April 10, 2006 02:31 PM
14. My understanding of the legal concept of residency is that once you have established residency in a state, you can retain that residency even if you move out of state for an indefinite and extended period of time, so long as you intend to return at some point in the future. Whether you sell your home and buy a new one in another state is simply legally irrelevant. I think this is why the USPHS doctor in Atlanta prevailed in Stefan's challenge. This may not make sense, but I think that is how it works. So long as the Lawsky's did establish residence in Washington at one time and maintain an intention to return in the future, I think they are okay. Of course, if they registered and voted in DC as well, they did commit a crime.

Posted by: wayne on April 10, 2006 02:36 PM
15. What a scoop. Great piece of work. And the use of "contumelious" is icing on the cake.

Posted by: Hindu on April 10, 2006 02:43 PM
16. Hilarious!!!

Go get 'em!

Posted by: Erik on April 10, 2006 02:44 PM
17. I wonder where Joel's cars are registered?

Posted by: swassociates on April 10, 2006 02:45 PM
18. Wayne -- Dr. Strangevote's employment status in the U.S. Public Health Service was equivalent to being a member of the military. (I argued that he was never a resident of WA in the first place, he was just here on a temporary Public Health Service assignment, but Logan didn't buy that). Dr. Strangevote also kept up his Washington state driver's license. That gave him certain legal advantages that I don't believe the Lawskys have. And you're correct -- buying and selling property doesn't equate to residence. But the Lawskys claimed by filing a Homestead exemption that the DC home is still their residence.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 10, 2006 02:49 PM
19. Joel should really learn how to spell "Stasi".

Posted by: James on April 10, 2006 03:00 PM
20. Wasn't Connelly one of those telling Stephan to drop the invalid voting registration investigation? What an ass.

The only thing I'm shocked about is that his alibi is so pathetic. He had to know that someone some day was going to ask about why 4 people were registered at his vacation residence. Oh how convienient - 2 of them have residences in another state - and one is his "master" gardener. Who has their garderner register at their house? Whats up with that weirdness? This stinks!

Is he that RatF*cking stupid? Or just RatF*cking sick in the head hoping he'd get caught.

Posted by: thecomputerguy on April 10, 2006 03:01 PM
21. You go, Stefan! Keep up the campaign for honesty in voter registrations, since the county auditors don't seem to concern themselves with such!

And somehow I'm thinking that Connelly was claiming to be christian at some point. SO why is he using words like "R_tf__k"? Hey Joel, it's not too late to change your language! You can do it!

Posted by: Misty on April 10, 2006 03:11 PM
22. Looks to me like Connelly's "guest's" are using a Washington State address to dodge state (or in this case, DC) taxes on their income earned overseas.

Posted by: Diogenes on April 10, 2006 03:18 PM
23. I would like to second the question - where is his car registered?

Posted by: Scribe on April 10, 2006 03:26 PM
24. Oh for the days of the registrar and concepts that made for a real orderly civilization.

It is too bad we hold such antiquanted concepts as voting where you live. I could give a rats a$$ if JC went to "Church" on W.I. yesterday...

cheater cheater cheater

If you live in Brussels too damn bad you don't vote for a bond. You get to vote for President that is it! If your a master garderner well surely you can register correctly unless you garden what your smokin'.

Joel tell me how tough that commute is from Whidbey everyday?

Glass Repair needed by Joel Connelly.

Congrats to the new main stream press....I know Joel accountability is a tough thing. For years and years and years these jackboot hacks with their newspapers have bent our towns around. It is good to see the pipe cleaners going after the mold inside their walls.

Them dang mail ballots should not leave the county they are for period and if they do instantly all the local issues fall off-it winds up in Joel's PI desk and bingo he can only vote for Cantwell unless he pedals his butt to a W.I. address...they leave the state and only the president is on the ballot.

Posted by: Col. Hogan on April 10, 2006 03:39 PM
25. Part 2-
Joel’s Quote, "They are, however, former Seattleites who registered with the expressed intent of moving back to Washington when present assignments come to an end. David has more than a bit of sweat equity in the place. He helped haul railroad ties used to buttress the trail system."

Intentions matter facts do not-feelings matter facts do not...hauling railroad ties matters more than YOUR VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT justifies EVERYTHING Feelings of Joel matter more than the consequences WE PAY. Feelings of “Joel People” like Sam Reed, like the Trolls of SP, Feelings of Deanron matter more than your costs, Feelings of Bob Sideshow Terwilliger MATTER MORE Than the effects.

Dang it I am a current Seattleite stuck with a whore of a governor who knowingly broke the laws and who knowingly must run from that everyday and everyday we pay for this Joel. She Has Feelings perverted by all the little Joel Connelly’s perverting the systems for years and years....how perverted is it going to get Joel? How can the Queen act with a straight heart or You Joel?...Look at you guys the things you say....Ratfu***...radio stations out to get me and my dog...Joel et. al. defend the impossible but you need more previsions, more confusion, more insanity, more rule bending to cover your own tracks....you hate the military and then haul out a general to defend you....you go to a church where God himself is claimed to agree with the previsions that the Episcopalians make up.....

Joel quit it, quit rat-effin us Joel we cannot build a future like this. How can we???

This is not a D or R thing...somehow the whole SP thing is born of this conflict far bewond the stolen election and far beyond all the JC's cheating the system. It is born of the very rock of civilization having the acid of destruction dripped upon it daily. A nagging sense that this direction is a culture of death, a culture of stnech a culture of ending everything. So JC join us in shaping it up! The light is upon you!

Posted by: Col. Hogan on April 10, 2006 04:00 PM
26. Here's a side note: If the PI and the Seattle Times competed the way most newspapers did in the past, the Times would have a lot of fun with this story. But I have my doubts that it will even appear in the Times.

Posted by: Jim Miller on April 10, 2006 04:07 PM
27. Stefan, forget about challenging the voting status for Island County. Check with the DC tax authorities. They might actually have an incentive to go after these people. I'm not sure what their jobs are, but as expats in Brussels, I'm sure they're making some money.

Posted by: Ex-WA on April 10, 2006 04:11 PM
28. More than anything else, this helps me understand why Connelly writes and says the things he does. He's just your typical Seattle eccentric. He's got all of the strange Seattle lifestyle qualities, etc. that have allowed him to distance himself into the extra-terrestrial worldview that so many of today's Seattle liberals have adopted.

It's now much easier for me to see why people who think and write like Joel Connelly always appear to be coming from some alternate reality much different than our own.

It's great to see those like Connelly with their arrogant myopic hauteur get a little spoonful of the real world where most of us spend our time.

Hopefully there will be some prosecution and plenty of other legal showiness to dissuade others who, like Connelly, view themselves as above the rest of us, and above the law.

Posted by: Jeff B. on April 10, 2006 04:22 PM
29. I'd be curious to know whether or not Lawsky's voted in Washington, D.C. elections as well as Whidbey Island elections. Did they double up?

Posted by: B.D. on April 10, 2006 04:47 PM

Joel Connelly registered in Island County on September 26, 1996. But he has been a Seattle P-I staffer for 28 years.


Presumably, Connelly was registered to vote in King County prior to September 1996. Why did he change his voter registration residence to Island County all of a sudden?

November 5, 1996 election results

REGIONAL MEASURE Proposition 1 . Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, 10-year regional transit plan.

X Yes 415,069 (58%) No 301,441 (42%) .

This measure authorized a 0.3% Motor Vehicle Excise Tax for most of King County and large parts of Pierce and Snohomish Counties. It would have been extremely predictable for this measure to pass.


And don't forget the Seattle Monorail 1.4% MVET that became effective in 2001 or 2002, if I am not mistaken.

In the past year or two, one now has to declare under penalty of perjury on the vehicle license application that the address is where they really live.

If Connelly has been registering his vehicles in Island County, he has probably evaded hundreds (if not thousands) of RTA and Monorail MVET taxes by now. He would also avoid having to have his vehicles inspected for emissions.

Posted by: Richard Pope on April 10, 2006 05:12 PM
31. Stefan and Richard:

Please forgive the OT post, but you guys have better access to the right resources...

What do you guys know about:

Burner, Darcy Gibbons (Defendant)
King County District Court
Case #IS0112494
File Date: 06/15/2005

Is it a simple infraction?
Or is it a criminal issue?

Who is "T. Boe" and what does s/he have to do with the case? Police officer?

If it is a simple thing, why is the case still open?

Posted by: (The Real) Mark on April 10, 2006 05:16 PM
32. The Real Mark -- Pope sent me the court document. It was a traffic infraction. I'll post it in a main entry later this evening


Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 10, 2006 05:19 PM
33. Wonder why it is still showing as "open" on the court's online database.

Perhaps you could "Goldify" it and say something like:

Just call her Darcy "Burn Rubber" Burner


Burner endangers public with reckless disregard for traffic law


Darcy Burner breaks law in 2005. Case still open...


Lawbreaker Burner... did she resist arrest or strike an officer over traffic ticket??!! {guess not, but we thought we'd just throw that out there and see if it stuck)

Posted by: (The Real) Mark on April 10, 2006 05:31 PM
34. Col. Hogan

Are you suggesting that those in the military stationed overseas should only be allowed to cast votes in presidential elections?

Posted by: eric on April 10, 2006 06:30 PM
35. I believe a person can actually order the AUDIO of Ms. Burner's Court Appearance.
It might be veeeeeeeeeeery interesting to hear this woman in action....in her very own words.
Stefan's PDF file said
Was anyone hurt??
Is there a Civil Lawsuit?
It also doesn't seem to say how fast she was going.
I'd LOVE to hear the AUDIO of her trying to get that ticket reduced or eliminated.
Looks like it has been deferred with a $100 Fine.

Posted by: dude on April 10, 2006 06:35 PM
36. So Joel is an Island County voter and resident.


Wouldn't it be interesting to learn that "red & green " Joel has been skipping out on vehicle emissions tests and sound transit taxes while tell us we should all pay more in our taxes? I'll wager he feels as a liberal he is above the law, just like the Clintons, our current resident of the Governor's mansion, and Marie Can't-Vote-Well who got in financial trouble with the Fed Elections Commission on her first Senate campaign. Ah, yes Democrats the party of real corruption.

Posted by: Bob on April 10, 2006 06:59 PM
37. Get over it. This blog is so sad. Every day, week, month, its the same thing. This voting obsession is unhealthy. You need to realize this is a Democratic leaning state, and believe it or not people vote for Democrats more often then Republicans. If you don't like it Idaho isn't that far away. We won't miss you and they'll love you. It's a win win!

Posted by: Get Over It on April 10, 2006 07:32 PM
38. Stefan

Maybe you should contact his pastor and have him explain how you "ratf#!k" somebody? I kind of doubt that you will find that definition in St Augistine in the Woods Episcopal Church?

Posted by: Shannon Barnett on April 10, 2006 07:48 PM
39. Stefan, I am (still) registered to vote in Island County, although I will be changing it very soon. (The registration form is sitting on my desk at work.) Fire me off an e-mail to let me know what I need to do, and if it can be done in a short period of time.

Note--I'm not as likely to gun down Connelly, but the other three are definitely fair game, especially the husband and wife team who are claiming a homestead exemption in Washington, DC.

Posted by: timekeeper on April 10, 2006 07:59 PM
40. Well, Joel C. would certainly know the meaning of "rat fu**" wouldn't he? He does it about three times a week in the Post, and I do mean post, Intelligencer. Of course he his primary residence is in Madrona along with his opinions. I wonder where he registers his car -- or does he pay the Sound Transit tax in Island County (doubt it). He is a typical duplicitous (eg liar) Seattle lib, but likely escapes up to the Island to be with his rainbows and crystal wind chime buddies on the weekends.

As for the Lawsky's they should be in deep rat shi* for having registered and voting in a place they don't even pretend to reside in. And Joel C. dismisses it as, "well they intend to retire here." SO WHAT? Everyone who "intends to retire here" or helps on a weekend garden project gets a free vote in OUR ELECTIONS?!!! GIVE ME A BREAK. Better still give these folks a court date to prove their guilt.

Posted by: Banshee on April 10, 2006 08:05 PM
41. The Episcopal Church is pretty liberal these days. They don't care much about folks that butt-f**k -- in fact, many of their priests and bishops openly engage in that sort of conduct these days. So probably rat-f**k would be okay as well with the Episcopal Church.

Posted by: Richard Pope on April 10, 2006 08:20 PM
42. Connelly's replies tell you everything you need to know about the "man" and his newspaper. I interpret his use of "ratf*cked" to have dual meaning: rat, as in he was ratted out, implying he knew he was doing wrong, and f*ucked, meaning he realizes he may be f*ucked in the public square. Relax, Joel. As Seacrest would say, "You...are...safe!" As long as you're employed by the PI.

Posted by: Organization Man on April 10, 2006 08:57 PM
43. ethical journalists; walking the talk; uncovering everyone ELSE'S foibles; 'till it comes home to roost; right up there with that former drug sniffing mayor of DC; great work, Stefan; bunch of rat-f'in hypocrites!

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on April 10, 2006 09:46 PM
44. ...by the way, are his domestic helpers/gardeners/workers legal folk or illegal aliens?

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on April 10, 2006 09:48 PM
45. If the Lawsky's were living in Brussels, how were they able to establish a residence here in Washington State. Can you visit Washington State on a vacation and declare yourself a resident by staying at a friends house for thirty days then leave.

Posted by: Steve on April 10, 2006 10:09 PM
46. Hey Get Over It:

We ain't leaving. The light will be shined under the rocks where you and your ilk like to hide.

So you get over it!

Posted by: No You Get Over It on April 10, 2006 10:26 PM
47. How does a flunky columnist like Joel Connelly - who works for a flunky - (soon to be bankrupt) news-rag like the Seattle PI - afford a "weekend" home?

I think the IRS needs to check on his living arrangements!

Posted by: Deborah on April 10, 2006 10:44 PM
48. Memo to "Get Over It" who hides behind a patently false email address...

King County is a Democratic leaning county with a good chunk of the WA State population.

There are a lot of Republican leaning counties out here -- I live outside of Bellingham and in 2004, there was a very sharp line of demarcation between the Kerry and the Bush signs. (With lots of Bush signs vandalized but no Kerry signs were damaged - a matter of respecting one's opponent.)

We may not hold the numbers but we do not tolerate bullshit.

The Democrats look at governance as a war between the sheep and the wolves. They are blind to the fact that there are a lot of sheepdogs out there doing wonderful work...

Posted by: DaveH on April 10, 2006 11:36 PM
49. Gawd! No wonder the Seattle media sat around like sheep while DeanRon stole the election for Queenie. Don't want to be investigating double and fraudulant voting if you are doing it youself.

Posted by: BananaLand on April 10, 2006 11:59 PM
50. Does this matter?

If someone does not do as Stefan suggests and go after this guy and his friends then it doesn't. Talk is talk. Until there is action its nothing.

If someone does more than talk and the officials in charge do nothing it still doesn't matter. Talk is talk. Until there is action its nothing.

I'm so tired of all this crap. We all know this place is F'd up but nothing changes so what's the point of getting ulcers over it anymore?

You can point out the dog crap in your path but if you step in it anyway what good did it do to point it out?

Posted by: Tired of the fight on April 11, 2006 05:17 AM
51. yeah, where is his car registered?

Avoiding emissions, ST tax, Monorail tax. sure would love to out him on that. My source for such things retired, but if anyone has the resourse to check.......

And isn't that under penalty of law a felony with a $10K fine for lying on your addy for car registration?

Another lib idea, with a penalty well in line with the offense, methinks.

The Geezer

Posted by: The Geezer on April 11, 2006 06:17 AM
52. The link on Connelly's 763-foot treehouse takes you to Sunset magazine, October 1995 edition -- someone out there must have that issue stuck in a closet somewhere -- drag it out and scan in a photo -- let's see a picture of the place!!!

Posted by: iwanttoseeit on April 11, 2006 06:32 AM
53. now that's how ya get things rotating @ 10,000 rpm!

Posted by: foosfuz on April 11, 2006 06:53 AM
54. I'm confused about this ratf*** business. Noun or verb? Is Joel describing himself as a ratf***? Or is Joel angry that his crime as been "ratted" to the public?

Stefan, in your next email to Joel, could you ask him to provide a diagram or other visual aides to help us understand his delighful term?

I'd love to see him respond in that community newpaper he writes for - but I hear they've fallen on financial difficulties. Does anybody know if they still sell the P.I in Seattle?

Posted by: Confused on April 11, 2006 11:40 AM
55. I have the Sunset photos here.

Posted by: Private Radio on April 11, 2006 03:13 PM
56. This is the cleanest dirt I've read in a long time. Not to burst your bubble, but it's the responsiblity of the person who registers to ensure theirs is legal, not the person who owns a home. I could register at Stefan's house and the fault is mine...

Anyhow, Connelly seems like a bizaare target for these attacks. I mean, who cares? Let's not spin our wheels.

Posted by: Don Taylor on April 11, 2006 05:02 PM
57. Business as usual in Washington State. All the voting is rigged ... even when it comes to voting for the design on the quarter. Where are the feds?

Posted by: Vicki on April 11, 2006 05:38 PM
58. I find it interesting that someone who claims to be a devoted churchgoer and member of the mens' group would regularly use the word ratf*ck. I guess it's neither here nor there, but such language doesn't really bolster such a claim.

In addition, as someone who's presumably made a career out of asking tough questions and digging for answers from any number of public officials, you'd think he could stand the heat in the kitchen. But I should have remembered that the media is above reproach, right? Hmph! ;) If only there was an emoticon for a snotty, stuck-up expression. Connelly could wear it out...

Posted by: Sid on April 12, 2006 07:44 AM
59. Don Taylor says, "Anyhow, Connelly seems like a bizaare target for these attacks. I mean, who cares? Let's not spin our wheels."
In other words, "nothing to see here folks, move along now..."
THERE IS SOMETHING TO SEE HERE, "Mr. Taylor." It is called VOTER FRAUD -- a felony. Two or more voters don't reside in the home where they are registered (in Joel C.'s "residence"). In fact, they live out of state or out of the country. And, the news hook is that a top political reporter of one of Seattle's daily newpapers has them registered at his cabin where they don't live. Then this political reporter, whose politics BTW are far left of center, attempts to JUSTIFY their illegal behavior by saying these two friends "intend" to retire to Whidbey Island some day. Well good for them, but that interesting personal tidbit has nothing to do with where they vote today. Do they pay property taxes that they vote on in Island County? Do they have children in the schools where they vote for education levy's? Do they pay car registration fees and taxes in this state? The answer to each question is apparently NO, and they (Lawskys) have been voting from a place they don't live or work -- unless one takes Joel C. words that they have helped to build a trail and a garden during their visits.

Excuse me, "Mr. Taylor," but election fraud is an important public policy issue and the confidence of our electorate in the sanctity of the ballot box is essential to our system of government, especially after the King County FIASCO that was the 2004 election of "Governor" Chris Fraudoire. Is it any wonder that Joel C. didn't think voter fraud is an important concern, and didn't adequately cover it in election reporting, as he tries to justify registration fraud on his very own property???
Also, just what does Joel C. do with the ballots that arrive at his "residence" on Whidbey? Does he forward Lawsky's ballots to their residence on the east coast so they can vote in OUR local and state elections? Does Joel C. put his own stamps on the envelope and become complicit in a possible federal crime as well as state law violation? It would be very interesting to have him in a deposition to answer the questions so apparent in this matter. Or maybe Joel C. would be so kind and forthright to send another email to this blog to answer the questions.
Oh, that's right, no problem here, nothing to see, move along now...

Posted by: Banshee on April 12, 2006 08:00 AM
60. Hey folk, Banshee has it exactly right. The simplest answer is often the best. I doubt if newsboy actually mails ballots anywhere, much less to Belgium. My guess is that he simply gets to vote two extra times. Or maybe three if the 'master gardner' doesn't show up. Isn't that a total of four votes for one guy? Guess that helps his side win, huh?

Posted by: MCATL on April 12, 2006 01:52 PM
61. Considering this corpulent bulk of jabba the connole I can understand why he would feeeeeeel entitled to 4 ballots....

Posted by: alphabet soup on April 12, 2006 05:54 PM
62. Wayne, and (others thusly confused..)

I'm currently in Maryland doing contract aircraft work, maintain my legal residence in the Puget Sound region, have an apartment here and bought a car out here. Can't register the car here unless I'm a legal resident, which means turning in my Washington State DL for a Maryland DL. Not happening, I'll be coming back in a few months, so the vehicle is licensed in Washington state (and sales taxes and fees paid to Washington State at the higher rate there), even if I decide to sell it before I return and it never makes a tread-mark in WA State.
Wash DC, Virginia, etc. are all the same.
I pay income taxes in Maryland as a non-resident filer for income earned here (of course, if the Lawsky's earn income out of the country they may not pay income tax - depending - but they do have to file at some point, and thusly establish their residence for the period. If it's overseas *then they aren't Washington State residents and can't vote there*)

So there's lots of ways to check what they consider their residence status. Drivers License is prime, however. You do not have to surrender your state license to get and use an international license overseas, but if you do, then you no longer claim state residency, conversely if you keep it you still need to renew it, at least post hoc when you return, to claim residency for the absense period.

You don't need a driver's license to be a resident, but if you have one, where you have it *is your legal residence for voting purposes* .

So, either Joel committed fraud by voting the Lawsky's ballots, or the Lawsky's committed fraud by voting when they weren't residents.

Be interesting to see how good of friends they really are when faced with the choice between them of deciding who committed fraud.


Posted by: Steeley on April 22, 2006 07:53 AM
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