Judge blocks hand count of misplaced ballots in Washington governor race Gretchen E. Moore at 1:44 PM ET
[JURIST] In Washington state, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend ruled Friday that it is too late for King County to consider hundreds of recently discovered ballots from the extremely close November governor's race. Many of the lost ballots were simply misplaced or mistakenly rejected by county workers because of technical errors. The state Republican Party requested the block of the ballot count. Democrats appealed to the state Supreme Court; the county also plans to appeal. The Washington high court is preparing to hear the case next week. With all but King County finished with a hand recount, Republican Dino Rossi was leading Democrat Christine Gregoire by 50 votes. View the official results here from the WA Secretary of State. AP has more.
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