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Category Archives: Elections

Most voters favor Seattle Charter Amendment 29 (concerning homelessness) out of the gate

Excerpt: A July 2021 survey of Seattle voters commissioned by NPI finds Charter Amendment 29 in a healthy position, with 61% of voters likely to vote in the current Top Two election saying they favor the amendment. Just 23% are opposed, and another 16% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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No surprise: Seattle voters’ top concern this election year is addressing homelessness

Excerpt: There is a strong desire for results over rhetoric. While respondents diverge on how to get there, they are in agreement that there needs to be action. What the city has done to date just isn't enough. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oregon changes its ballot return policy to match Washington’s more voter-friendly laws

Excerpt: Beginning in 2022, Beaver State voters will be able to vote through the Postal Service and have their ballot count as long as it's postmarked by Election Day and received within seven days. That's a win for democracy and ballot access.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ready, fire, aim! NRCC ineptly tries to knock Kim Schrier for sponsoring NPI’s research

Excerpt: While it's not unusual for the NRCC to say bad things about Schrier, who they desperately want to defeat in 2022, this particular broadside was notable in that it also attacked NPI, and faulted Schrier for sponsoring our research!
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Nikkita Oliver has a big early lead over Sara Nelson for Seattle City Council Position #9

Excerpt: Two very different candidates appear likely to move on to the November general election in the race to succeed mayoral hopeful Lorena González on the Seattle City Council this year, with one enjoying a rather big early lead over the other.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Teresa Mosqueda well ahead of Kate Martin for Seattle City Council #8 with most not sure

Excerpt: 26% of likely August 2021 Seattle voters said they were voting for Mosqueda, while 55% said they were not sure. The remaining respondents said either that they would not vote (3%) or picked one of Mosqueda's opponents, like Kate Martin.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A three-way race for Seattle City Attorney: Pete Holmes barely ahead of two challengers

Excerpt: Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Ann Davison are Pete Holmes' 2021 challengers for Seattle City Attorney. Each challenger has 14% support in a pre-Top Two election survey, while Holmes has 16%. Most voters are undecided.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bruce Harrell, Lorena González lead in 2021 Seattle mayoral race with many undecided

Excerpt: 20% of 617 likely 2021 Top Two voters in Seattle surveyed before ballots dropped said they were voting for Harrell, while 12% said they were voting for González. 32% said they were undecided.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most of Texas’ House Democrats just left the state to stop a voter suppression bill

Excerpt: By walking out, Democratic state representatives are leaving the Texas State House of Representatives without a constitutionally required quorum, which means that the House cannot conduct any floor business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canada gets its first Indigenous Governor General, weeks ahead of expected snap election call by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Excerpt: Mary Simon, an Inuit leader, will be the first in the job to come from Canada’s Aboriginal First Nations peoples.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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NPI announces 2021 Seattle polling plans

Excerpt: A heads up to everyone interested in Emerald City politics: NPI is expanding its public opinion research to the local level, beginning with two surveys in Seattle.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump frivolously sues big tech firms in his latest ploy for money and attention

Excerpt: “This lawsuit is a stunt, and it’s unlikely to find traction in the courts,” Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, told the Daily Beast.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Lorena González talks with NPI about her 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Lore­na González, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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2021 will be another rare year with no state level initiatives or referenda in Washington

Excerpt: For the first time since 2017 and for only the second time in several decades, there will be no statewide measures on the ballot in Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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