OLYMPIA - Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders says his campaign is checking on thousands of ballots that have been rejected for signature errors as ballot counting continues in his too-close-to-call re-election bid.
Just over 13,000 votes separate Sanders and his challenger Charlie Wiggins. More than a dozen counties, including vote-rich King, were set to update their election results late Monday afternoon. Sanders has 50.4 percent of the vote, compared to Wiggins' 49.6 percent.
In an e-mail sent to supporters on Friday titled “Don’t Let Wiggins Steal this Election,” Sanders’ campaign asked for donations to help pay for volunteers and phone calls to track down voters whose ballots were rejected. The campaign says an estimated 17,000 ballots haven’t been counted because of issues with the signature or because the voter didn’t sign.