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Saturday, November 4, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Election 2006

County will not be sued over refusal to register 1,100 voters

Seattle Times staff reporter

King County election officials won't be sued over their refusal to register about 1,100 would-be voters for Tuesday's election.

County officials have said the voters were ineligible because registration forms were delivered by a private package carrier after the Oct. 7 deadline.

Michael Slater, director of Project Vote's election administration program, had threatened a lawsuit if county officials didn't reverse their decision on the registration forms, which were picked up by UPS Oct. 6 and delivered to the county Oct. 9. State law allows local election offices to accept registrations after the deadline if they have a "postal cancellation" date before the deadline.

After consulting with lawyers, Slater said Thursday that King County was correct in interpreting the law to mean it could accept mailed registrations after the deadline only if they were postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service.

Washington ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) collected the registration cards as part of a Project Vote-funded drive to sign up minority and low-income voters in Pierce County.

The King County residents, if otherwise eligible, will be added to the voter rolls after the Tuesday election so they can vote in future elections, an elections spokeswoman said.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or kervin@seattletimes.com

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