Mark Greene to run for county elections director

August 5, 2011

By Staff

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Newcastle resident Mark Greene has filed to run for King County elections director in this November’s election.

“If elected to the director position, I will closely monitor the Secretary of State election rules and follow them closely, as would be my obligation according to the law,” Greene wrote in an email.

Greene said he would give as much leeway as possibly to petitions and bring about reforms in matching hand recounts of optical scanning machine results. Specifically, he said he would call for 2 percent to 5 percent of ballots to be recounted in randomly selected precincts in all elections, regardless of how close the vote is.

He said he would also call for more checks and balances with the postal voting system, open source inspection of vote tabulating machines, and systematic and renewed training for election workers, especially regarding the county’s 2012 redistricting.

Greene said he has been an election reform activist since 2000 and active in politics for decades. He is the founder of an election practices committee called Democracy in Election Process.

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