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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Jan. 31, 2005 / 21 Shevat, 5765

Political travesty

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During the Florida vote controversy in 2000, Democrats always said they wanted to "count all the votes." Skeptics thought what they really meant was "count enough votes for Al Gore to win." In Washington state it is this latter mantra that has apparently been the operating principle. A Democratic governor, Christine Gregoire, has just taken office after the state kept recounting until she finally overcame the slight advantage of her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, and   —   voilá!   —   all curiosity about getting ever-more accurate vote counts ended.

For years, experts have warned that the nation's election process is scandalously sloppy and prone to fraud. And that this risks creating elections that no one can have any confidence in. They were right. Look no further than the shame of Washington state. Granted, any election as close as the state's gubernatorial race   —   Gregoire "won" by 129 votes   —   will create great pressure on an election. But no one can have any confidence about who won in Washington, partly because the system is broken and some officials don't seem to care.

First, a principle: Elections are held in accord with rules. Those rules are necessary so everyone can agree beforehand on how the election will be conducted (e.g., will all felons be allowed to vote or not?) and so basic protections can be maintained against abuse (e.g., by having voters register with a valid address). All over the country, these rules are often not enforced, resulting in what John Fund, author of "Stealing Elections," calls "designed sloppiness." On the one hand, the problems might look like mere incompetence; on the other, they create the possibility of abuse by whichever party controls the jurisdiction in question.

In King County   —   home to liberal Seattle   —   that party is the Democrats. Rossi supporters suspect Democratic officials there have gamed the process to find new after-the-fact votes. Nine times, they say, King County discovered additional ballots that tended to favor Gregoire. Even if this wasn't partisan manipulation, county officials have been zealous in finding uncounted ballots and utterly blasé about excluding improperly cast ballots, creating a process inherently skewed against Rossi.

And there were plenty of improperly cast votes. The Seattle Times has reported that 129 felons voted in King and Pierce counties. Remember: Gregoire's margin was 129 votes. Election officials have shrugged and said they can't bother to keep felons from registering. The state Republican Party, which has just gained access to a statewide list of felons, now says it has identified 240 felons who voted and expects to find more.

Further irregularities abound. Roughly 350 provisional ballots   —   which are supposed to be closely inspected to see if they are legitimate   —   were directly fed into machines and counted in King County. There are some 1,800 "voterless" ballots in King County. These ballots were counted, but no one knows quite where they came from. The GOP says it has found votes across the state in the names of dead people and double voters. Rossi is asking for a revote, and deserves one.

Too late, you say? Fund points out that in 1975 there was a revote in a New Hampshire U.S. Senate race 10 months after the election. Well, you say, Gregoire has already become governor? In 1962, a Republican governor in Minnesota took office for three months, then was replaced when a court decided he hadn't really won. Old examples? North Carolina is preparing now for a state-wide revote of an agriculture commissioner race.

This all could be a mess coming to an election near you. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel just found 1,200 votes cast from invalid addresses in Milwaukee, prompting an FBI investigation. The paper reports that critics worry that "the problems signal either bureaucratic blundering or widespread fraud, though they can't determine which because the system is so messed up." Washington is now the poster state for such problems. It can provide a different kind of model by trying to get it right, tightening up procedures and voting again.

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