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Tina Podlodowski to Snohomish County officials: Act now to protect the right to vote

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 […]

Posted inElections, Legislative Advocacy

Washington State House passes Voting Rights Act (again) on a party-line vote

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 […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

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 […]

Posted inElections

King County Elections uses Business Reply Mail for signature updates — why not ballots?

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 […]

Posted inElections, Open Government, Policy Topics

Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters

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

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 […]