Today is win­now­ing elec­tion day across Wash­ing­ton State. Although it’s pos­si­ble that you’re one of our read­ers who lives in a juris­dic­tion where there is noth­ing on the bal­lot (and thus there is no bal­lot), chances are, you were sent a bal­lot with at least one con­test on it. Please don’t for­get to take your bal­lot either to a post office or drop box today if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re not sure where the near­est bal­lot drop box is, and you live in King Coun­ty, check out this list from the Elec­tions Divi­sion.

NPI strong­ly urges all read­ers who live in King Coun­ty to vote to approve the Vet­er­ans and Human Ser­vices Levy (Propo­si­tion 1). This mea­sure would:

… replace an expir­ing levy and fund cap­i­tal facil­i­ties and ser­vices that reduce med­ical costs, home­less­ness, and crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem involve­ment with half of pro­ceeds sup­port­ing vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. It would autho­rize King Coun­ty to levy an addi­tion­al prop­er­ty tax of 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed val­u­a­tion for col­lec­tion in 2012 and autho­rize annu­al increas­es by the per­cent­age increase in the con­sumer price index or 1%, whichev­er is greater, with a max­i­mum increase of 3%, for the five suc­ceed­ing years.

Our vet­er­ans — espe­cial­ly those who lack food, water, and shel­ter — need all the sup­port they can get. By approv­ing Propo­si­tion 1, we can let them know that we val­ue their ser­vice and their eco­nom­ic security.

After the dead­line to turn in bal­lots pass­es at 8 PM tonight, King Coun­ty and oth­er coun­ties will post ini­tial results for the 2011 win­now­ing elec­tion. We’ll be bring­ing you live cov­er­age and analy­sis of the returns begin­ning around then.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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