Thursday, June 11, 2009

Councilmember Janet Way filing suit to get on August's Primary ballot

Press Release from Janet Way:


Way filing suit to secure her rightful place on the

August Primary ballot

SHORELINE – This morning, Shoreline City Councilmember Janet Way filed Suit in King County Superior Court. The suit comes as the result of a technical glitch in King County Election’s online filing website that prevented Councilmember Way from paying her filing fee after concluding all other steps necessary to file for re-election.

“We have all experienced technical errors on the internet,” commented Way this morning. “However, I feel very strongly that a website glitch should not prevent me from seeking re-election.”

Way filed for re-election on the internet before the 4:00 p.m. deadline, but her payment of $84 was not accepted. After attempting to pay using numerous bank accounts, all of which contained sufficient funds, a supporter offered to make the payment in person on Way’s behalf. This final attempt to rectify the problem was not accepted by King County Elections.

RCW 29A.24.031 states that the submission of a declaration of candidacy electronically, “constitutes … that he or she agrees to electronic payment of the filing fee established in RCW 29A.24.091.” Having completed all other required steps to file as a candidate for office, King County Elections should acknowledge Way’s candidacy and place her name on the August 18th Primary ballot.

“There is a legal process in place that I intend to respect,” continued Way. “However, I believe the law clearly shows that I am an officially filed candidate for re-election to the Shoreline City Council, and that the King County Superior Court will recognize this fact and ensure that my name is placed on the August 18th ballot.”

1 comment:

  1. That said - do you want a councilmember who leaves their reelection application fee to the last minute?