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Tag Archives: Fair Elections

California DISCLOSE Act signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown to combat dark money

Excerpt: Fires, hurricanes, the Trump-Corker spat, and the fate of the JCPOA with Iran dominated the news this weekend. Amidst all of the bad news, though, there was some good news: California has a tough new law that takes aim at dark money in politics, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Governor […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State of Washington sues Tim Eyman over illegal kickbacks, misuse of campaign funds

Excerpt: Bringing to an end a multiyear investigation into Tim Eyman’s illegal campaign finance practices, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that the State of Washington has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court seeking $2.1 million in penalties against him, his associate William Agazarm of Citizen Solutions, and Citizen Solutions itself, as well as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Good news break: King County testing prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes

Excerpt: It’s about time: King County Elections is testing pre-paid postage with the February 14 special elections in the City of Maple Valley and the Shoreline School District. Ballot packets were mailed on Wednesday to voters in both jurisdictions. Each packet includes a return envelope with the postage already paid. “This is something I’ve wanted to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State of Washington sues Kim Wyman for public disclosure law violations

Excerpt: The State of Washington is suing Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman for multiple public disclosure law violations, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office announced in a news release this afternoon. “The complaint alleges the Wyman campaign failed to timely file contribution and expenditure disclosure reports, as required under the state’s campaign finance laws. It also […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Kim Wyman’s call for “citizenship checks” of voters draws swift condemnation

Excerpt: Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman made it known this morning that, if reelected, she will be asking the Legislature to enact legislation to at least partially implement the privacy-infringing federal “REAL ID” Act in order to “check for citizenship of people who want to register and vote in Washington”. “Our package is reasonable; […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kim Wyman’s explanation for Washington’s decline in voter turnout doesn’t make sense

Excerpt: Last week, the League of Women Voters of Seattle and King County held a well-attended debate between the two candidates running for Secretary of State this year — Republican incumbent Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski. A key topic discussed at the debate was what to do about voter turnout in Washington State, which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tina Podlodowski to Snohomish County officials: Act now to protect the right to vote

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Tina Podlodowski is one of two finalists for the position of Secretary of State. Today, her campaign published this open letter to Snohomish County elected leaders, calling on them to take immediate action to protect the right to vote. Requested actions include the placement of more drop boxes throughout the county. NPI strongly […]
Written by:Tina Podlodowski
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Washington State House passes Voting Rights Act (again) on a party-line vote

Excerpt: A revised version of the Washington Voting Rights Act, championed by Representative Luis Moscoso (D-1st District: Bothell, Kirkland, Mill Creek), today passed out of the Washington State House of Representatives without a single vote to spare, thanks to Republicans’ refusal to provide a single vote in support. (Democrats currently have a bare majority of fifty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

Excerpt: Anyone who has spent time attempting to understand the politics of the Washington State Republican Party knows that Republicans spend an awful lot of time listening to (and taking their cues from) militant, right wing initiative profiteer Tim Eyman, who has become obsessed lately with gutting Washington’s cherished tradition of majority rule and replacing it […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County Elections uses Business Reply Mail for signature updates – why not ballots?

Excerpt: On Friday, I received a routine letter from King County Elections requesting that I complete a form to update my signature for their records, to minimize the possibility that there will be any issues verifying my ballot in future elections. While my signature was not challenged in the November 2015 general election, it has been […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters

Excerpt: In an apparent attempt to make the high-profile contest between incumbent Republican Andy Hill and his Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower look less competitive, the Senate Republican caucus (of which Andy Hill is a member) has begun sending out attack mailers to Democratic voters in the 45th District, trying to discredit Matt Isenhower by claiming he […]
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Vote Downballot: NPI talks with Kathleen Drew, candidate for Secretary of State

Excerpt: Every four years, in addition to casting votes for president and governor, Washingtonians are also called upon to elect more than half a dozen other individuals to serve in the state’s executive department. The contests for these positions are often referred to as downballot races because they appear further down the ballot. They usually don’t […]
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