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Tag Archives: Fair Elections

National, state Republicans intervene against voters in signature verification legal challenge

Excerpt: State and national Republicans are filing briefs in a lawsuit that seeks to end the error-filled signature verification process on Washington’s mail-in ballots. The suit they are intervening in alleges that thousands of valid votes get rejected and that rejections hit a disproportionate number of younger, Black, Latino/Latina and disabled voters.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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NPI to Legislature: Let’s make voting in WA easier by abolishing Eyman’s “advisory votes”

Excerpt: Read the written version of the testimony prepared by NPI's founder and executive director in support of NPI's 2023 bill to repeal Tim Eyman's "advisory votes."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Lawsuit contends Washington’s signature-based ballot verification is unconstitutional

Excerpt: A lawsuit filed last week in King County Superior Court is challenging the “signature matching” process used by election officials across the Evergreen State that results in tens of thousands of Washington voters having their ballots rejected and being disenfranchised every election cycle.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A majority of Washington voters support making General Election Day a federal holiday

Excerpt: In NPI's October 2022 statewide poll, 56% of likely 2022 voters surveyed said they supported making General Election Day in even-numbered years a federal holiday, while 27% were opposed. 16% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Three signs that Republicans don’t believe their own hype about a looming red wave

Excerpt: Republicans speak confidently of victory this month, but their own actions belie that confidence. They're definitely eager to win, but they're also very fearful that they won't, and we can see that insecurity in their behavior.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The threat to American elections: No time for hysteria, but we should all be worried

Excerpt: With a nation’s news media “hollowed out” by closings and downsizings, Seattle-based InvestigateWest is swimming against a tide as it pursues a task vital to the republic: It has taken on the job of seeking the truth about those seeking power in America, specifically reporting on ongoing threats to American democracy.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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Many local Republicans either back Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy or are giving them a wink and a nod in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: Many Republican candidates in the Pacific Northwest have either done a duck dive on Trump's attack on democracy or voiced “reservations” in such a way as to appease the MAGA cult and avoid Trump's wrath. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Tim Eyman’s lawsuit to force more anti-tax propaganda onto 2022 ballots gets quashed

Excerpt: A pro se lawsuit recently filed by right wing provocateur Tim Eyman that sought to load up Washingtonians' 2022 ballots with additional anti-tax propaganda has ended in failure after the State Supreme Court issued a special order deeming Eyman's legal challenge untimely, thus putting the kibosh on his scheme.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
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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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