April 11, 2006
Where does Joel Connelly's friend David Lawsky live?

Let's ask him. Oh, wait. Somebody did. As an update to yesterday's post about the four people registered to vote at Joel Connelly's 737 sq. ft weekend cabin on Whidbey Island (photos here!)-- Reader G.S. refers us to Connelly cabin voter David Lawsky's post at the Ygnacio Valley High School Class of 1964 message board:

Re: Where do you live???

David Lawsky 09-25-2003 03:59pm
I have lived in Brussels, Belgium, since January, 2001, for the same reason I lived in Washington, D.C., for 18 years (we own a house in DC) -- I'm a reporter and I write about governments from their capitals. Brussels is of course capital of the European Union.
Funny, no mention of living on Whidbey Island, where he had been registered and voting for nearly a year at the time he posted that entry. Meanwhile, Connelly e-mailed me in David Lawsky's defense:
Let me know if you need pictures of David in the Cascades, Olympics and on Whidbey to show his bona fides.
Please send them, Joel. I'll post them along with pictures of myself in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Spain, Austria and other places where I've spent a few vacations but have no right to vote there.

Federal law is very clear about voting rights for expatriate citizens: You vote at your last U.S. residence. Everything I've been able to find about the Lawskys would suggest that their last (and current) U.S. residence is Washington, DC. From the federal government's FAQ page of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) --

OVERSEAS CITIZENS If I do not maintain a legal residence in the U.S., what is my "legal state of residence?"

Your "legal state of residence" for voting purposes is the state or territory where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the United States. This right extends to overseas citizens even though they may not have property or other ties in their last state or territory of residence and their intent to return to that state or territory may be uncertain. When completing the FPCAs Voting Residence section, be sure to enter the entire mailing address of your last residence, including street or rural route and number. The address determines your proper district, ward, precinct or parish for voting purposes. Family members of citizens residing overseas, who are U.S. citizens and who have never resided in the U.S. may claim one of their U.S. citizen parent's legal state or territory of residence as their own if allowed by the state. Check Chapter 3 of the Guide.

Full FAQ here

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at April 11, 2006 11:12 AM | Email This
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1. And yet Connelly will continue to deny, distract and attack the messenger - in short, do everything but admit there are people illegally registered to vote - possibly, including himself - using his getaway cabin as an address. For the life of me, I don't understand why a person would put themselves in this position, let alone deny it when caught.

Posted by: jimg on April 11, 2006 11:33 AM
2. It would be nice if the election officials in that county would actually ENFORCE election law there and kick this guy off the rolls.
Good job with the info, Stefan. It becomes ever more clear why these reporters won't delve into wrongdoing and slop at KCE.

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 11:33 AM
3. Heh! This is getting too funny!
Clearly, to some people INTENT is more important that ACTUAL RESIDENCE when voting!
So, by this same logic, if I INTEND on moving to Medina someday, and I have a sympathetic friend willing to let me write in his address there as my residence, I can "hold my spot" open and vote in King County, even though I live (and lived) elsewhere?!
That's so nice! Gotta love the People's Republic of America!

Posted by: Pseduotsuga on April 11, 2006 11:35 AM
4. The whole concept of these protests is appalling. Never thought we'd see people who have no legal right to be here demanding 'rights'! Outrageous.

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 11:36 AM
5. sorry, got the comments in the wrong thread!

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 11:38 AM
6. RCW
29A.04.151
Residence.

"Residence" for the purpose of registering and voting means a person's permanent address where he or she physically resides and maintains his or her abode. However, no person gains residence by reason of his or her presence or loses his or her residence by reason of his or her absence:

(1) While employed in the civil or military service of the state or of the United States;

(2) While engaged in the navigation of the waters of this state or the United States or the high seas;

(3) While a student at any institution of learning;

(4) While confined in any public prison.

Absence from the state on business shall not affect the question of residence of any person unless the right to vote has been claimed or exercised elsewhere.

[2003 c 111 126; 1971 ex.s. c 178 1; 1965 c 9 29.01.140. Prior: 1955 c 181 1; prior: (i) Code 1881 3051; 1865 p 25 2; RRS 5110. (ii) Code 1881 3053; 1866 p 8 11; 1865 p 25 4; RRS 5111. Formerly RCW 29.01.140.]

Notes:
Residence, contingencies affecting: State Constitution Art. 6 4.

RCW 29A.84.130
Voter violations.

Any person who:

(1) Knowingly provides false information on an application for voter registration under any provision of this title;

(2) Knowingly makes or attests to a false declaration as to his or her qualifications as a voter;

(3) Knowingly causes or permits himself or herself to be registered using the name of another person;

(4) Knowingly causes himself or herself to be registered under two or more different names;

(5) Knowingly causes himself or herself to be registered in two or more counties;

(6) Offers to pay another person to assist in registering voters, where payment is based on a fixed amount of money per voter registration;

(7) Accepts payment for assisting in registering voters, where payment is based on a fixed amount of money per voter registration; or

(8) Knowingly causes any person to be registered or causes any registration to be transferred or canceled except as authorized under this title,

is guilty of a class C felony punishable under RCW 9A.20.021.


[2003 c 111 2107. Prior: 1994 c 57 25; 1991 c 81 12; 1990 c 143 12; 1977 ex.s. c 361 110; 1965 c 9 29.85.200; prior: 1933 c 1 27; RRS 5114-27; prior: 1893 c 45 5; 1889 p 418 16; RRS 5136. Formerly RCW 29.07.410, 29.85.200.]

Notes:
Severability -- Effective date -- 1994 c 57: See notes following RCW 10.64.021.
Effective date -- 1991 c 81: See note following RCW 29A.84.540.

Effective date -- Severability -- 1977 ex.s. c 361: See notes following RCW 29A.16.040.


RCW 29A.84.660
Unqualified persons voting.

Any person who knows that he or she does not possess the legal qualifications of a voter and who votes at any primary or special or general election authorized by law to be held in this state for any office whatever is guilty of a class C felony punishable under RCW 9A.20.021.

[2003 c 111 2133; 1991 c 81 17; 1965 c 9 29.85.240 . Prior: 1911 c 89 1, part; Code 1881 905; 1873 p 204 104; 1865 p 51 4; 1854 p 93 95; RRS 5384. Formerly RCW 29.85.240.]

Notes:
Effective date -- 1991 c 81: See note following RCW 29A.84.540.

Lawsky by his own words is in violation of RCW 29A.04.151 and RCW 29A.84.130(1), which is a Class C felony RCW 29A.84.660.

And Connelly is aid and ab*tting a felonious act.

Side note:
Stefen, ab*tting (b*tting) is questionable content????

Posted by: JCM on April 11, 2006 12:01 PM
7. Misty,

I wouldn't be too quick to apologize. Your first comment actually seemed to fit this thread pretty well!

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 12:03 PM
8. So let me get this straight - Out of the blue in 2001, the Lawsky's decide to register at their friend Connelly's vacation house (they were on a vacation?) - after living abroad for several years, and prior to that, living in DC for 18 years?

And Connelly says with a straight face that its legit?

I would have an ounce of respect for him if after the fraud of this last vote, he would have straightened up and flown right - but this looks like just basically an elitist liberal journalist thumbing his nose at the rest of the world.

Posted by: thecomputerguy on April 11, 2006 12:04 PM
9. Hey, no big deal right?

After all it's just the law.

Well, I think I'll reconsider all those other trivial laws, like not storing gasoline in my apartment, or stopping at stop signs and red lights while driving.

Hey, I know, how about a National Ignore the Law Day! Yeah, we can all get in on the act...

Posted by: MB on April 11, 2006 12:06 PM
10. ' "Residence" for the purpose of registering and voting means a person's permanent address where he or she physically resides and maintains his or her abode.'

OK, suppose someone splits their time between two homes. Suppose for the sake of discussion that they are rich -- they do not have a job -- and funds are deposited by their financial advisor to bank accounts in yet a third location apart from their two homes.

What then? Surely this is a real and practical problem but where there must be fairly clear rules. No?

Posted by: Raw Data on April 11, 2006 12:08 PM
11. Yes, this is all dead on. I've got an Uncle who works for the State Department. His last residence is in Seattle, and that's where he votes, even though he is overseas in various other countries all the time.

I think Connelly views his stature in the world based on his weight. He assumes that he's more important than the rest of us, and has allowed friends to register to vote at his vacation home. It's all part of the birthright entitlement mentality of baby boomer leftists. And most in the left leaning MSM, are more than willing to look the other way rather than to report about what is right and wrong.

Posted by: Jeff B. on April 11, 2006 12:10 PM
12. I think it's pertinent to separate the issues here (as Stefan has done). There is the issue of Connelly voting from his "residence" on Whidbey, which although looks very suspect may not in fact be illegal if he is truly a dual resident and claims that as his primary residence.

Then there is the issue of the Lawsky's (anyone else notice the irony in that name?). And this issue looks like a slam dunk case of illegal voting.

Posted by: Palouse on April 11, 2006 12:40 PM
13. Palouse,

Don't forget about the issue of Connelly allowing the Lawlessskys to use his vacation residence as a place to register. That's the most deplorable part to me. He knows full well they've been in DC for 18 years. Randomly coming to Whidbey Island to hike, even often, doesn't count as residence.

Posted by: Jeff B. on April 11, 2006 12:48 PM
14. In fact, Connelly should be the one that finally gets prosecuted for a felony in all of the random acts of improper voting we've read about since 2004. Who better to take the fall than a large public figure, pun intended.

If someone like Connelly gets the book thrown at him, maybe it would discourage others from abusing our voting system. It's really pretty damn simple. You get one and only one vote, and it's at the place where you store most of your clothes and sleep most often. Duh.

Posted by: Jeff B. on April 11, 2006 12:52 PM
15. "Let me know if you need pictures of David in the Cascades, Olympics and on Whidbey to show his bona fides."

LOL That is the new standard for voter registration now? You just need photos of yourself in an area! What a joke. I have pictures of myself in Paris, I think that makes me the next king of France!

Posted by: James on April 11, 2006 12:53 PM
16. Oh, I agree Jeff...I think Connelly is probably guilty in both issues. I don't think his real "residence" is on Whidbey, but it could be difficult to prove. Even if his car(s) are registered in Seattle, is there a link in the statutes between actual residence and car registration? I don't think so, but could be wrong there.

And if he knowlingly enabled the Lawskys to vote from his residence, knowing they have no claim to vote there, he is just as guilty as them.

Posted by: Palouse on April 11, 2006 12:57 PM
17. Stefan, maybe Connelly will let you register to vote there.

Posted by: South County on April 11, 2006 01:06 PM
18. Connelly has the shovel in his hands.
The hole is now 6 feet deep....it is raining out.
The hole is now filling up with water.
Yet the Phat-boy continues to dig!
I can only hope Joel keeps those entertaining and obscene e-mails replete with reference to his priest rolling in!
Please do not discourage our Phat-boy Joel from continuing to speak freely and frequently.
Now the hole is 7 feet deep. And Joel contiues to dig.
Hey Joel!!!!!!!! Your in a deep dark hole buddy! But keep right on digging!
Did anyone check to see if Lawsky's also voted in D.C.????

I'm sooooooooooooooo glad this one came up. It shows all the holes and corruption in our voter registration laws as well as the arrogance of the Lefty's like Phat-boy who spends his life puttig others under the microscope.
The hole is now 8 feet deep.\
Joel is sweating like the pig his is...yet he continues to dig.

Posted by: dude on April 11, 2006 01:13 PM
19. Connelly has the shovel in his hands.
The hole is now 6 feet deep....it is raining out.
The hole is now filling up with water.
Yet the Phat-boy continues to dig!
I can only hope Joel keeps those entertaining and obscene e-mails replete with reference to his priest rolling in!
Please do not discourage our Phat-boy Joel from continuing to speak freely and frequently.
Now the hole is 7 feet deep. And Joel contiues to dig.
Hey Joel!!!!!!!! Your in a deep dark hole buddy! But keep right on digging!
Did anyone check to see if Lawsky's also voted in D.C.????

I'm sooooooooooooooo glad this one came up. It shows all the holes and corruption in our voter registration laws as well as the arrogance of the Lefty's like Phat-boy who spends his life puttig others under the microscope.
The hole is now 8 feet deep.\
Joel is sweating like the pig he is...yet he continues to dig.

Posted by: dude on April 11, 2006 01:13 PM
20. I wonder how many liberal elitists are registered to vote in multiple jurisdictions across the country to promote their liberal agenda everywhere. This would be worth an investigation. You can just see the address swapping going on to facilitate this. Is the Connelly/Lawsky situation just an isolated incidence or a much bigger problem? With our current lacks laws and law enforcement on voter registration, annything is possible.

Posted by: PW on April 11, 2006 01:14 PM
21. I.
Smell.
Blood.


Good work, Stefan.

Posted by: Haze Doran on April 11, 2006 01:29 PM
22. Can someone file an election challenge? Can someone else do it besides Stefan?

I would consider doing it so it got done. I would consider not doing it because of the publicity.

Posted by: swatter on April 11, 2006 01:38 PM
23. 1 After my father retired from a Fortune 50 company w/ 50 years of service he took an assignment overseas in Frankfurt AM
2 My sister, house sat for them, and my parent's home continued to be the state he had lived in since 1958
3 If David Lawsky and his wife demonstrate they are Washington State taxpayers by
a) filing of Federal Tax Return
b) driver's licenses and automobiles are registered at the house on Whidbey Island
c) et al
to me they are residents of Washington State.
4 If Joel Connelly wants to help his friends out DC tax wise, I have no objection.
5 Unfortuneately my hunch is David Lawsky cannot meet the requirements of 3 a to c, and that Joel is participating in a sham transaction

Posted by: Green Lake Mark on April 11, 2006 01:51 PM
24. I suspect that Connelly's three friends registered on Whidbey so Connelly could have four votes to cast. Vote early, vote often and use as many identities as you wish.

Posted by: dan_55 on April 11, 2006 01:53 PM
25. dan_55,

What's sure plausible about that is that Connelly definitely never planned on a Stefan Sharkansky coming along. Most of the MSM is still reeling and trying to figure out what hit them with the rise of the blogosphere. Think about when these folks registered at Connelly's vacation retreat, 2000. That's prehistoric in Internet time. They figured they'd always be able to get away with this sort of thing, because who's ever gonna know?

Enter Sharkansky and the klieg lights of truth.

Posted by: Jeff B. on April 11, 2006 02:13 PM
26. I scanned the photos from Sunset Magazine and posted them here.

Posted by: Private Radio on April 11, 2006 02:34 PM
27. I love that bit about the pictures from the Cascades. When I have visited Rainier in the last few years, I often take pictures for other people with their cameras. As often as not, they are not even American citizens, much less residents of Washington.

And why do I get this feeling that the Lawskys decided to register in Washington state so that they could vote against Bush in a state where it just might make a difference?

Posted by: Jim Miller on April 11, 2006 02:43 PM
28. sorry for the OT, but I wonder if anyone knows the identity of the BCC math teacher who associated Condoleeza Rick with watermelons on a math test. Would love to see a post on this. This teacher will probably be getting a raise for that. The rest of us would like to see him/her fired, and don't wish to see our tax dollars used to hire people who are so self-righteous that they think it's okay to do that.

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 03:35 PM
29. sorry for the OT, but I wonder if anyone knows the identity of the BCC math teacher who associated Condoleeza Rick with watermelons on a math test. Would love to see a post on this. This teacher will probably be getting a raise for that. The rest of us would like to see him/her fired, and don't wish to see our tax dollars used to hire people who are so self-righteous that they think it's okay to do that.

I just listened to this on John Carlson's show and was floored. The act by the teacher was bad enough but the defense and pathetic denial by the school spokesman was outrageous. Our tax dollars at work again.

Posted by: swassociates on April 11, 2006 03:51 PM
30. More interesting to me would be to see the signatures on those voted absentee ballots, and see if they actually match any voter record (as if that would not already be in question) That may tell a story, as where were these votes postmarked from, Belgium, or the cozy Connaly tree house he is now calling home?

Posted by: GS on April 11, 2006 04:00 PM
31. I definitely wouldn't send my kids to BCC for anything. Apparently, certain types of racism are okay with that crowd, as long as it is against conservative black women!
And to think that spokesman defended it as free speech instead of hate speech! I thought the left didn't believe in hate speech!

Posted by: Misty on April 11, 2006 04:02 PM
32. GS
Good point about the signatures...but I believe Stefan said the Lawsky's ballots were mailed to Brussels or D.C.?? The "master gardener"'s sig might be interesting though.
I'm still curious if Lawsky's registered & voted in DC!!!
Or if the "master gardener" is registered & voted elsewhere too.

Posted by: dude on April 11, 2006 05:06 PM
33. I can send pictures of my friend in the Cascades, the Olympics and in Olympia, too. Is it O.K. if she votes here? Would it be a problem if she lives in Ohio? Please advise.

Posted by: stu on April 11, 2006 06:54 PM
34. Thanks for posting the pictures of the cabin!!! Ask and you shall receive! Also, i like the line of thinking about the 2 folks registering to vote at the teensy weensy cabin in the woods in WA, because their vote doesn't count for anything in DC. Also, I wonder if our fine friends in Belgium haven't responded because a) they've been caught red-handed and know better than to scream "RATF***!" or b) they arent saying anything because their ole friend Connelly has been busy with his #2 pencil every year voting for them without their knowledge and they dont want to get him in trouble.

Posted by: iwanttoseeit on April 11, 2006 06:54 PM
35. Did Lawsky vote elsewhere? Is he registered elsewhere? What did the signature on the ballot envelope look like? Look at Lawsky's registration card. Is it the same signature? Where was the ballot sent?

Keep digging. I bet Lawsky never saw the ballot.

Posted by: Maxon on April 11, 2006 09:37 PM
36. Maxon: Do you think the Lawsky's are unwitting "voters"? Maybe the houseguest register included a caveat that included voting priviledges while out of country?

Posted by: Elaine on April 11, 2006 09:58 PM
37. I bet Lawsky never saw the ballot

Let's not get carried away. I posted his voter registration record in the earlier post. Both the Lawskys' ballots get sent to Brussels

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 11, 2006 10:02 PM
38. Where's JDB or ivan on this one . . . I'd like to hear the quibble.

Posted by: Amused by liberals on April 12, 2006 05:43 AM
39. There was a picture of Howard Dean in Seattle in the paper a couple of weeks ago ...did he come here to register absentee, too?

Posted by: Baynative on April 12, 2006 06:41 AM
40. http://www.cityofseattle.net/mayor/

1 Here in Seattle, Greg Nickels and HBO Executive Producer Laurie David have scheduled a Friday Apr-14 showing of the HBO film Too Hot to Not Handle on April 13, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Seattle Public Library, Central Library Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. This is the Premiere Seattle screening of the new HBO documentary on Global Warming. Admission is free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

2 Normally I would attend the screening, but to a large number of Seattlites this Friday evening conflicts with Islamic and Christian Judea major holidays, and may be perceived by some as in insensitivity on Greg Nickel's part

Posted by: Green Lake Mark on April 12, 2006 07:57 AM
41. Stefan, have you contacted the Times or the Stranger about investigating this story? Not that they would investigate one of their own, but at least you could post their refusal on your blog to show their lack of interest in vote fraud.

Posted by: Palouse on April 12, 2006 08:28 AM
42. Palouse: The Stranger has already posted two items about this on their blog.

See
here and here.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 12, 2006 08:40 AM
43. That's better than nothing I guess...lots of "nothing to see here" comments from the lunatic fringe (of course). You are well hated over there Stefan...that means you must be doing something well.

Posted by: Palouse on April 12, 2006 08:54 AM
44. Well, it's obvious that traditional methods of registration, voting, and vote counting are too susceptible to fraud and manipulation. With blogs starting to have an impact on MSM dishonesty and propaganda, I wonder if the internet and technology have a solution in store to cure the election problems.

Posted by: PW on April 12, 2006 01:20 PM
45. Connelly is an arrogant liberal and like the rest feels that the "rules" don't apply to him and why shouldn't he feel that way. Nothing happens, no one gets fined or thrown into jail.

Everything is pretty much operating the way they want and they are getting the results they desire.

I don't see how we can ever win an election with things the way they are. The feds should spend a year here investigating.

Posted by: Vicki on April 12, 2006 08:38 PM
46. Voting laws enforced?
Immigration laws enforced?
Bahh!
Tomorrow I think I may just see if they enforce the speed laws. 90 it is for me, and I'll call the ACLU to defend. It would be unfair to enforce one of our laws and not the others. Yeah. I'm sure that will work! Anyone got a spare copy of "The Lefty Standards"? Oh,sorry, I forgot. They don't have any.. And come to think of it, neither do the rightys who let our county get this out of control.

Posted by: duhh on April 12, 2006 09:10 PM
47. See the cover of this week's Seattle Weekly re: the Mike Webb implosion. Will Connelly be next? Perhaps. Will anyone care? No.

Posted by: Organization Man on April 13, 2006 08:00 PM
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