King County's election department (the greater Seattle area) was also targeted for how they handled the ballots, including untracked use of a "ballot-on-demand" printing machine. Voters would still be allowed to vote for any candidate as before. Dino John Rossi is an American businessman and politician who served as a member of the Washington State Senate. Rossi would not publicly state his opinion over stem cell research.  Attorneys for the Secretary of State replied saying that any retabulation of votes would be a violation of state election laws and the Washington State Constitution. In districts dominated by one party, the top-two system could result in Democrat- or Republican-only general election races.  Gregoire was criticized for being a part of the state government establishment, but tried to counter Rossi's "time for a change" message by saying that she would "blow past the bureaucracy" and bring change herself. In some precincts, the county tallied more mail-in ballots than there were voters recorded as having voted by mail. However, the court ruled that this was not the case, as King County was counting their ballots in a manner similar to that of other counties. Voters chose four representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. As an explanation, election officials claimed that they had yet to finalize the list at the time, and argued that discrepancies in the two numbers are common and do not necessarily indicate fraud. Documents from an independent investigation conducted at the time of the incident show that Gregoire's deputies attempted to influence who was listed as responsible for the missed deadline. It was not until after the third count, a second recount done by hand, that Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, took the lead by a margin of 129 votes.  No evidence was brought before the court of any of the illegal votes benefitted Gregoire. Washington's voters are not registered by party affiliation and a voter could participate in selecting candidates for more than one party, although the voter could only choose one candidate (of whatever party) for each office. Gregoire received strong support (nearly a three-to-two margin) from the largest county in the state, King County, which includes heavily Democratic Seattle. A primary election for these offices was held on August 11, 2020. Logan admitted the lost ballots were an oversight on the part of his department, and insisted that the found ballots be counted. As a solution to the problem of the illegal voters, the Republicans proposed a solution of "proportional reduction". A Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled that ballots should not be counted, but on December 22, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that counties explicitly have the ability to correct ballot consideration errors made during earlier counts. She also served on the Governors' Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The Washington State Republican Party filed a restraining order in Pierce County District Court, requesting an injunction against King County to block the tabulation of the uncounted ballots.