Today is General Election Day in Washington and in several other states, including Virginia and New Jersey, which have gubernatorial elections.
Thousands of local positions are on the ballot here in the Evergreen State, from the city level to the port level to the school district level.
Most of the state’s home rule counties (like King, Snohomish, Clark, and Whatcom) are also holding elections for county-level offices.
Oregon and Idaho have no state-level measures on the ballot today, but there are a few local positions and measures on the ballot in numerous jurisdictions.
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 can print a replacement at home pretty easily. Just reach out to your county elections office. Most have information on their websites about replacing a 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 registered to vote? Washington has same-day voter registration! You can cast a ballot if you go to an in-person voting assistance center.
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 ballot measures in Washington (we do not endorse or oppose candidates for office).
Tim Eyman’s push polls (“advisory votes”)
Vote Maintained on all three to resist Tim Eyman’s malicious attempts to undermine our system of representative government.
King County Charter Amendments 1 and 2
Two housekeeping amendments are on the King County ballot. One would make a grammatical correction. The other concerns updating the timeframes for county-level ballot measures, including initiatives. Neither have any organized opposition and make simple changes to keep the charter shipshape.
We recommend voting yes on both.
Local ballot measures
Our team also encourages you to support your local levies unless you have a good reason not to. Lake Forest Park, for example, has a streets and parks levy on the ballot today. Passage of the levy would fund a new waterfront park and allow the city to construct more sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety.