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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Today is General Election Day 2018. 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. Thir­ty-six gov­er­nor­ships, 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. Thou­sands of state leg­isla­tive posi­tions are also being vot­ed on, along with thou­sands more local contests.

Ore­gon and Ida­ho are two of the states with guber­na­to­r­i­al races on the midterm bal­lot. Since Wash­ing­ton elects its entire nine-offi­cer exec­u­tive depart­ment in pres­i­den­tial years, the only statewide races in the Ever­green State this cycle are for U.S. Sen­ate and Supreme Court. NPI’s research sug­gests Maria Cantwell is heav­i­ly favored to win reelec­tion in the U.S. Sen­ate, while our ear­ly Supreme Court polling found three out of four vot­ers unsure of who they would vote for.

Have you vot­ed yet? If you have, con­grat­u­la­tions on ful­fill­ing your civic duty. Now, go check up on your friends and fam­i­ly and make sure they’ve vot­ed, too.

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, Ore­gon, and Ida­ho (we do not endorse can­di­dates for office).


  • Ini­tia­tive 940 (improve police account­abil­i­ty): YES
  • Ini­tia­tive 1631 (put a price on pol­lu­tion): YES
  • Ini­tia­tive 1634 (Big Soda’s self-serv­ing scheme): NO
  • Ini­tia­tive 1639 (bol­ster our gun safe­ty laws): YES
  • “Advi­so­ry Vote” #19: Vote MAINTAINED


  • Mea­sure 102, referred by the Ore­gon Leg­is­la­ture: YES
  • Mea­sure 103, spear­head­ed by Coca-Cola and Pesp­si: NO
  • Mea­sure 104, pro­mot­ed by the Ore­gon Real­tors: NO
  • Mea­sure 105, an effort to repeal Ore­gon’s ban on police racial pro­fil­ing: NO
  • Mea­sure 106, an effort to restrict pub­lic invest­ments in repro­duc­tive care: NO


  • Ida­ho Propo­si­tion 1 (expand­ing gam­bling): NO
  • Ida­ho Propo­si­tion 2 (expand­ing Med­ic­aid): YES

Hap­py voting!

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