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Thursday, March 12, 2020 Shelton-Mason County Journal Page A-5 Peekingbehind the curtain on election day‘ eople ask me, why does. Pit take so long to know who or what wins? I’ll try to explain. A few minutes after 8 pm. on election day, we release the results of the ballots that we have counted up to that point. We process ballots as they come in, checking signatures with the signature on voter registration cards to ensure they match and running the ballots through our tally system. The tally system is programmed so that no one can know the totals before the polls close, but that is how we are able to provide partial results rightlaway. Discredit- ing sources- is president’s game Editor, the Journal So, the presidential re- sponse to actual crisis is to speak loudly and carry a small stick? I’m sorry but this has become an unwelcome administration. The president’s words have become so routinely absurd that it has dulled our sens- es. Any more the daily dose of his talk becomes just another instance of pettiness and insecurity. The disrespect he shows for the dignity of the office ignores his responsibil— ity to lead our nation, one of civility, by example. ’ But, his assault on the media to discredit only those ‘ sources that disagree or pub- lish the actual, (which in his opinion is negative reporting), can only be 'a disguised plot to move this country’s news sources to his way of thinking blindfolded- This has gone far enough, but corrective action is possi- ble. It happens in November. Be there. G. Owen Ray, Allyn Holding noSe and voting Editor, the Journal I read the letters this Week with interest, as usual. I found John Gunter’s a bit confusing as I am still not sure why he is supporting Biden, but maybe it’s just me. I understand Dave . Daggett’s point. With the choice of Trump or either of the “Democrats” who believe in abortion (some up until birth), anti-second amend- By PADDY McGUIRE But getting final results takes time. We vote by mail and hav- ing your ballot postmarked, but not necessarily in our hands, counts. That means‘that a ballot mailed the day before the elec- tion by a snowbird in member in Kuwait . will take days after the election to get to Shelton. Then my staff will look at the postmark, verify the signature and count the ballot. Other states with vote by mail require ballots to be in the hands of the election official on election day, but that means that postal delays Arizona or a service , can keep people from having their ballots count. My office has nine drop boxes and we have to close and lock them at exactly 8 pm. on election day. So we have nine staff members go out and lock each of those boxes, but they don’t open and empty them because we never have one person alone with ballots. So we send a crew of two out the day after the election on the 80-mile loop to pick up the ballots dropped in a drop box on elec- tion day. This saves my bud- get and you taxpayers many overtime hours. ' We also provide time for vot- ers to fix mistakes. Voters for- get to sign their oath occasion- ally. Sometimes spouses will Jaurnal Letter Policy sign their spouse’s oath. Some- times we have a voter registra- tion card that is decades old and a signature has changed, or a broken arm makes a voter sign with the opposite hand and it doesn’t match. We give people the op- portunity to correct mistakes with signatures and have their vote counted, even after the election. Depending on V the election, there are 10 or 20 days to do so. A common misconception is that the news media “call- , ing” a race has a legal impact. On Super Tuesday, television networks declared winners in states with zero votes count— ed. Those predictions are just that, predictions. Similarly, whether a can— The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. Wewill not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number, -' which will be used for verification purposes only. All letters are subject to editing for length, grammar and clarity. To submit a letter, email adam@masoncounty.com, drop it off at 227 W. Cota St., or mail it to PO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. ment, giving away “free” everything (except maybe the kitchen sink) and gender fluidity aka, anybody in any bathroom, it seems to me the only option Mr. Daggett would suggest for evangeli- cal Christians is not to vote. However, as a citizen of the United States, that is not an Option for me. I wish we had better choices, but we don’t. So, as Keith Martin recommended, I will look at all the candidates, see which one most closely matches my point of View, hold my nose and vote! Val Martin Shelton Questions concerning water standards Editor, the Journal Who was the first to initi- ate the proposals for these changes? ’ What was the initial reason for promoting these changes? Who benefits the most from the changes in this pro- posal? What difficulties do these changes make for general us- age? What research has been done to show there will be no immediate or long—term prob- lems to all forms of life, and or to the climate, or natural world? Will this increase the cost of water or its availability? What possible benefit can this have over the present status of water? ‘ What are the responses to these proposals from the sci— entific experts, who evaluates the pros and cons of consid— ered changes? If short—term or long—term problems occur, what solu- tions are available? If it increases the cost of water, who is responsible to pay for this increase? Before any further consid— eration is given to proceed in any way, there should be an in-depth study that considers all the facts, possible prob- lems, and cost versus the ben- efits. It seems that proposals likethis are suddenly made, and a great deal of pressure is put to enact them, without too much consideration. It is better not to hurry the pro- cess, so that all the informa- tionis made available, and. considered before a decision is made. Water is a very im- portant partof our life, and the well being of the planet. It must be protected for now and for the future. Patricia Vandehey Shelton County faces pandemic of hate Editor, the Journal Our country faces a pan- demic, a pandemic of hate. The symptom is a fevered . barrage of negative, belittling, remarks undermining and obstructing those assigned the task of keeping Americans safe from the coronavirus threat. When receiving a call from the White House, our governor bites “... stick to sci- ence and tell the truth.” our vice president offers to help with' Washington state’s cluster of deaths due to the virus and Inslee cannot help himself. He responded with a belittling, negative snipe. I for one do not want Inslee’s teeth marks on the repre- sentative who will allocate federal aid for Washington’s coronavirus crisis. What pur- pose incivility? Inslee now , has the title snake attached to his name. The germ of social “dis— ease” lives when someone, some group blindly believes that their ideology is indis- putable, the only way, and refuses to listen. A superior ideology germinates when it spews a shower of intoler- ance, intimidation, personal attack, physical threat and generates obstruction de— signed to belittle and stop an opponent. Minority Leader Schumer with a smirk on . his face, recently arrogantly exhibited hate in front of the Supreme Court with threats and intimidation directed toward two Supreme Court justices. Majority Leader Pe- the Union' document in front of the TV cameras, vomited hate towards our duly elected ‘ president and she demeaned didate concedes or not has no legal bearing. The person that gets the most votes wins, regardless of what anyone on television says or what the candidates say. As an election official, the only number that matters to me is the final number, after we count all the votes. Then the County Canvassing Board, County Commission Chair Sharon Trask, District Attorney Mike Dorcy and I certify the election. Every- thing prior to that is just a guess about the outcome and legally meaningless. I Paddy McGuire is the Ma- son County auditor. He can be reached at 360-427-9670, ext. the tributes given to honor- able Americans. Her power distraction intended to be- little the president instead muted the applause meant to celebrate America’s accom- plishments. Congressional . w. senators and House represen- tatives sat in disrespect. This is a sickness of ego blinded by power. _ A movement based on an elite superior ideology justi- fies obstructing and under— ‘ mining for the purpose of power and control. I, we, are ' better than you. You are not A worthy of our respect or our consideration. You are not as important as our indisputable agendas. Our cause we deem' is above the law. Hateful words beget violence. Schum-g er’s impassioned words were meant to stir up the self-righ- teous, indignant mob outside the Supreme Court to action. Consumed with ego, he just couldn’t stop his fevered self-righteous verbal attack. Schumer knows better. Feeling your group is above listening to the efforts ' and accomplishments of the “other”; and blatantly refus— ing to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of the “other”, obstructs and destroys efforts to help the whole of America. He (Trump) whose accomplishments shall not be named, and she (beautiful Melania) who shall be kept invisible, are symptoms of a hate-filled national media blinded bya self-importance, a know-it-all arrogance de- signed to control information through half truth. Hate begets hate. Political hate is the real destructive pandemic in America and it is encouraged by closed-minded, radical ideals of elitism. Vic- tims of the coronavirus are ‘ getting death threats. Time to pull together. The alternative : is grim for America. losi, by ripping up the state of g * Irene Graham Union see page A-6