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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's uplifting perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Today is General Election Day 2016. Haven’t voted yet? It’s time to get that ballot in!

Today is Gen­er­al Elec­tion Day in Wash­ing­ton State and across the Unit­ed States. Much is at stake. The pres­i­den­cy, four hun­dred and thir­ty five seats in the U.S. House, and a third of the seats in the Sen­ate are all on the line. And that’s just the fed­er­al lev­el posi­tions. Nine statewide exec­u­tive depart­ment posi­tions, three Supreme Court posi­tions, and three-fourths of the Leg­is­la­ture are also up.

In Ore­gon, there is a gov­er­nor’s race (owing to the res­ig­na­tion of John Kitzhaber) and a U.S. Sen­ate con­test in addi­tion to U.S. House contests.

Have you vot­ed yet? If you have, con­grat­u­la­tions on ful­fill­ing your civic duty. Haven’t vot­ed yet? It’s time to get that bal­lot in! You’ve only got a few hours left before time runs out to par­tic­i­pate. There’s no excuse for not voting.

You should have received your bal­lot in the mail a few weeks ago from the coun­ty you reside in. If you did not receive a bal­lot, or if you have mis­placed your bal­lot, you should call your coun­ty audi­tor or elec­tions office to obtain a pro­vi­sion­al ballot.

Don’t for­get to sign your bal­lot before putting it in a drop box or the mail. Wash­ing­to­ni­ans, locate the near­est drop box to you by going here.

If you live in Ore­gon, don’t take your bal­lot to a post office, as it’s too late to mail it. Find a drop box instead, and take your bal­lot there.

Not sure who to vote for? If you belong to or pre­fer a par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal par­ty, you may want to con­sult their list of endorsements.

There’s also the Pro­gres­sive Vot­ers Guide main­tained by Fuse Washington.

NPI has tak­en posi­tions on the fol­low­ing statewide bal­lot mea­sures in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon (we do not endorse can­di­dates for office).

Wash­ing­ton

Ore­gon

  • Mea­sure 94: YES
  • Mea­sure 95: YES
  • Mea­sure 96: YES
  • Mea­sure 97: YES
  • Mea­sure 98: YES
  • Mea­sure 99: YES
  • Mea­sure 100: YES

We also urge you to vote YES on Sound Transit/Regional Propo­si­tion 1 if you live in urban King, Pierce, or Sno­homish counties.

But above all.… VOTE!

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