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Tag Archives: Fair Elections

Washington voters back phasing out odd year elections by a 2:1 margin, with 24% unsure

Excerpt: 52% of likely 2022 voters surveyed about two months ago said they either strongly or somewhat supported doing away with elections in odd-numbered years, while 24% were opposed and another 24% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee appoints Steve Hobbs to be Washington’s next Secretary of State

Excerpt: Hobbs (D-44th District; Snohomish County) will take over on November 22nd from Republican Kim Wyman, the last Republican holding statewide office on the Left Coast, who is resigning on November 19th to take a job in the Biden administration.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI launches VoteMaintained.org, a resource for navigating “advisory votes”

Excerpt: The Northwest Progressive Institute has created a new website for voters that provides guidance on how to respond to statewide "advisory votes" ... the three items (numbered #36, #37, and #38) that every Washington voter will see at the top of the 2021 ballot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Harnessing the power of the Native vote: how Indigenous leaders are preparing for 2022

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of a Netroots Nation panel that explored what is being done and can be done to recruit Native Americans to run for office and turn out to vote in the 2022 midterms.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Saving democracy one vote at a time: Democratic secretaries of state review the 2020 election and look ahead to 2022

Excerpt: Jena Griswold of Colorado, Denise Merrill of Connecticut, Shenna Bellows of Maine, and Jocelyn Benson of Michigan joined Daily Kos' Carolyn Fiddler discuss their role in state government as well as the current threat to democracy.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
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For the tenth straight year, Washingtonians will see anti-tax propaganda on their ballots

Excerpt: Although there are no statewide measures (initiatives, referenda, or constitutional amendments) on the 2021 ballot, voters will see three anti-tax propaganda pieces right at the top, presented duplicitously as "advisory votes."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The people of Franklin County, Washington deserve fair representation — but they’ll have to overcome Republican opposition to get it

Excerpt: Right wing elected officials in the Tri-Cities are fiercely resisting a challenge brought under the Washington Voting Rights Act to unrig the electoral system in Franklin County.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s Redistricting Commissioners have released their proposed legislative maps

Excerpt: The proposals are intended to give Washingtonians something to inspect and critique as the Commission moves towards trying to reach a consensus on a final set of maps. The Commission has until November 15th to reach agreement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Backers of an Arizona-style election “audit” circus launch wave of lawsuits in Washington

Excerpt: With no one paying attention to their completely baseless and unfounded allegations, they've decided to up the ante by going to court and wasting public resources rehashing their grievances there.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Idaho Supreme Court voids Republican Legislature’s newest anti-initiative law

Excerpt: Senate Bill 1110 does not comport with the Gem State's plan of government because it infringes upon the fundamental rights of direct democracy guaranteed to Idahoans by Article III, Section I of the state's constitution.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman says he’s joining a group pushing voter suppression schemes in swing states

Excerpt: If we are to remain a democratic republic, voter suppression schemes like the kind Eyman plans to work on must be defeated.
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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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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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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