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Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Today is General Election Day 2017. Haven’t voted yet? It’s time to get that ballot in!

Today is Gen­er­al Elec­tion Day in Wash­ing­ton State and in many states across the Unit­ed States, par­tic­u­lar­ly New Jer­sey and Vir­ginia. Much is at stake.

Vot­ers in the afore­men­tioned East Coast states will be elect­ing gov­er­nors and state leg­is­la­tors, while in Wash­ing­ton State, five spe­cial elec­tions will deter­mine who con­trols the State Sen­ate through the end of 2018.

Most of Wash­ing­ton’s cities and ports are hold­ing their reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled elec­tions. Some of Wash­ing­ton’s home rule coun­ties, like King, Sno­homish, and What­com, are also hold­ing their reg­u­lar­ly sched­uled elections.

(A home rule coun­ty is a coun­ty that has adopt­ed a char­ter to gov­ern itself. Home rule coun­ties oper­ate dif­fer­ent­ly than code coun­ties, which have no charter.)

In Ore­gon, there are no can­di­dates on today’s bal­lot, but there are a few juris­dic­tions with bal­lot mea­sures, includ­ing these in Mult­nom­ah County.

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 (we do not endorse can­di­dates for office).

Wash­ing­ton

We also urge you to vote YES on your local levies, to sup­port essen­tial pub­lic ser­vices like fire and res­cue (unless you’ve got a very good rea­son not to).

But above all…. VOTE! Then go make sure your fam­i­ly and friends have voted.

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