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Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Today is General Election Day 2022. 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. 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. Three-fourths of the Leg­is­la­ture are also up in Wash­ing­ton and there’s also a spe­cial elec­tion to decide who will be our Sec­re­tary of State.

In Ore­gon, there are three statewide con­tests (Gov­er­nor, Labor Com­mis­sion­er) and a U.S. Sen­ate con­test in addi­tion to U.S. House contests.

Ida­ho is elect­ing most of its statewide exec­u­tive posi­tions (Gov­er­nor, Attor­ney Gen­er­al, Sec­re­tary of State) this year along with leg­isla­tive seats.

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.

If you’re a Wash­ing­ton or Ore­gon­ian, you should have received your bal­lot in the mail a few weeks ago from the coun­ty you reside in. (Ida­hoans can vote absen­tee but this is not the default!) If you did not receive a bal­lot, or if you have mis­placed your bal­lot, go to a Vote Cen­ter to obtain a pro­vi­sion­al ballot.

In Wash­ing­ton, it is pos­si­ble to reg­is­ter to vote and cast a bal­lot today thanks to our same-day reg­is­tra­tion law. If you are not reg­is­tered, head to a Vote Center.

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.

Ore­go­ni­ans, locate the near­est drop box to you by going here.

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


  • Statewide — Tim Eyman’s pro­pa­gan­da items 
  • King Coun­ty
    • Char­ter Amend­ment 1 (Even-Year Elec­tions): Vote Yes
    • Propo­si­tion 1 (Con­ser­va­tion Futures Levy): Vote Yes
  • Clark Coun­ty
    • Char­ter Amend­ment 10 (ranked choice vot­ing): Vote Yes
  • San Juan County
    • Char­ter Amend­ment Propo­si­tion 3 (ranked choice vot­ing): Vote Yes
  • Seat­tle
  • Oth­er jurisdictions
    • Belle­vue Propo­si­tion 1 (parks levy): Vote Yes
    • Clyde Hill Propo­si­tion 1 (aban­don­ing strong may­or sys­tem): Vote No
    • Mer­cer Island Propo­si­tion 1 (parks levy): Vote Yes
    • Red­mond Propo­si­tion 1 (pub­lic safe­ty levy): Vote Yes
    • Shore­line Propo­si­tion 1 (pub­lic safe­ty levy): Vote Yes
    • Tuk­wila Ini­tia­tive 1 (raise the min­i­mum wage): Vote Yes
    • High­line Schools Propo­si­tion 1 (school bonds): Vote Yes
    • Ren­ton Schools Propo­si­tion 1 (school bonds): Vote Yes


  • Statewide
    • Mea­sure 111 (mak­ing health­care a right): Yes
    • Mea­sure 112 (end­ing mod­ern day slav­ery): Yes
    • Mea­sure 113 (end right wing walk­outs): Yes
    • Mea­sure 114 (gun safe­ty): Yes
  • Port­land 
    • Mea­sure 26–228 (city gov­er­nance reform): Yes

Regard­less of your feel­ings about this year’s can­di­dates and bal­lot mea­sures. be sure to VOTE! Democ­ra­cy is stronger when we participate.

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