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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It’s Election Day — don’t forget to vote!

It’s Elec­tion Day! After many long months, this year’s cam­paign sea­son is final­ly on the verge of being over. As all of Wash­ing­ton’s thir­ty-nine coun­ties are now vote by mail, there won’t be any polls open today, though sev­er­al acces­si­ble vot­ing cen­ters will be open for those who need help cast­ing ballots.

If you are reg­is­tered to vote, you should have already received your bal­lot in the mail, cour­tesy of the U.S. Postal Ser­vice. If you think you are reg­is­tered, but you did­n’t get a bal­lot, check your reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus and fol­low up with coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials. They can explain how to cast a pro­vi­sion­al ballot.

If you still have your bal­lot and haven’t turned it in, be sure to fill it out today, prefer­ably this morn­ing. There are two ways to return your bal­lot: you can put it in the mail or save a stamp and take it to a bal­lot drop box.

(Drop box­es are open until 8 PM).

Here are lists of drop box­es for sev­er­al of the more pop­u­lous counties:

If you live in King Coun­ty and have already returned your bal­lot, you can track its sta­tus online. If your bal­lot has been suc­cess­ful­ly processed by the Elec­tions Divi­sion, you should see a mes­sage like this:

We have received your bal­lot, your sig­na­ture has been ver­i­fied, and you will be cred­it­ed with par­tic­i­pat­ing in this election.

Your returned bal­lot pack­et will soon be opened and your bal­lot will be pre­pared for counting.

Thank you for voting.

If you need help decid­ing who to vote for, you may wish to take advan­tage of the state Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s Endorse­ments Find­er, which will show you which can­di­dates in your area have been endorsed by your local Demo­c­ra­t­ic orga­ni­za­tion. You may also wish to con­sult the Pro­gres­sive Voter’s Guide, com­piled by Fuse.

Please note that NPI is not respon­si­ble for either of these ser­vices. We do not endorse or oth­er­wise sup­port can­di­dates for office at any lev­el of gov­ern­ment, so we can­not rec­om­mend any can­di­dates to you.

We do, how­ev­er, take posi­tions on bal­lot mea­sures. The fol­low­ing are our posi­tions on this year’s statewide ini­tia­tives and con­sti­tu­tion­al amendments:

  • Tim Eyman’s I‑1125: NO
  • Cost­co’s I‑1183: NO
  • SEIU’s I‑1163: YES
  • HJR 8205: APPROVE
  • HJR 8206: REJECT

We strong­ly encour­age no votes on I‑1125 and I‑1183. Either of these mea­sures, if passed, could have a destruc­tive impact on Wash­ing­ton’s qual­i­ty of life.

Thank you for doing your civic duty and vot­ing today. Stay tuned for live cov­er­age of elec­tion results from NPI’s staff begin­ning around 8 PM tonight.

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One Comment

  1. Looks like turnout end­ed up being high­er than what our Sec­re­tary of State thought it was going to be! Nice to see Wash­ing­ton get above 50% in an off-year.

    # by Art Waegner :: December 2nd, 2011 at 5:32 AM