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Tag Archives: Fair Elections

Let’s amend the King County Charter to elect all county offices in even-numbered years

Excerpt: If adopted by the Council and ratified by voters this November, the amendment would eventually result in future elections for Executive, Assessor, Elections Director, and County Council being held in midterm and presidential cycles, rather than in odd-numbered years, as has been the case for many years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Fiscal impact disclosures now required for statewide initiatives: Governor signs HB 1876

Excerpt: HB 1876 is the first significant initiative reform legislation to be signed into law in Washington State in the twenty-first century. It makes voting on statewide initiatives easier (and deceptive campaigning harder!) by alerting voters when an initiative would increase or decrease funding for public services. This is done through a statement that appears before the Yes/No ovals on the ballot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In arena after arena, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is getting results for Washington

Excerpt: The state's three-term chief legal officer has scored an impressive number of wins in a bevy of cases with big ramifications.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Bill to add fiscal impact disclosures to state-level initiatives passes Washington’s Senate

Excerpt: By a vote of 26 to 22, the Senate approved House Bill 1876, which requires fiscal impact disclosures to be appended to ballot titles that would alter the state's finances.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians overwhelmingly support adding fiscal impact disclosures to ballot titles

Excerpt: More than eight in ten Washington voters are supportive of legislation that would add transparency and context to statewide initiatives and referenda in Washington by disclosing fiscal impacts to voters on the ballot, NPI's February 2022 statewide poll finds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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“Five alarm fire”: Tim Eyman beside himself after House passes key initiative reform bill

Excerpt: The convicted serial public disclosure law offender and notorious chair thief -- who is fond of sending out email missives that liberally utilize all caps -- is having a public meltdown over the Washington State House of Representatives' passage of House Bill 1876.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! State House adopts bill to add fiscal impact disclosures to initiative ballot titles

Excerpt: By a vote of 54-44, the House voted to pass HB 1876, prime sponsored by Mia Gregerson, which is one of NPI's priority bills for 2022. This is truly a huge win for Washington voters that deserves to be celebrated. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bills to strengthen initiative ballot titles and phase out odd year elections move forward

Excerpt: House Bills 1727 and 1876, both prime sponsored by Representative Mia Gregerson, received votes of support from a majority of the House State Government Committee this morning in executive session, with all four Democrats voting aye and all three Republicans voting nay.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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