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State gets grade adjustment of voter guide

OLYMPIA — Like a college student keeping a watchful eye on the GPA, the Secretary of State's office successfully argued for a higher grade and got an A on its voter guide.

The grader in question, Ballotpedia, had to admit it missed a feature worth 17 percent of the final grade. . . 

To read the rest of this item, or to comment, continue inside the blog.


Somebody get a cake and 160 candles

Happy Birthday to WA.
Happy Birthday to WA.
Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday to WA.

You can sing that today to mark the 160th anniversary of this part of the Northwest becoming Washington. The Secretary of State's office informs us that on this day in 1853, a chunk of the Oregon Territory was carved off and named the Washington Territory, in response to requests from settler's north of the Columbia River. (They say it's Washington's tetracentennial, and they probably know these official kinds of things, although to be honest we couldn't find that word in any dictionary we had handy.)

Oregon became a state in 1859, and the eastern section of Washington Territory became the Idaho Territory in 1863.

Washington became a state in 1889, but it was a territory before it was a state, so technically this is WA's B-day.

To read more about it, and see some maps of the good old days, check out the Secretary of State's blog post by clicking here.

Boiling down the 2012 ballot

OLYMPIA — The Nov. 6 ballot will be long on measures and well-populated by candidates for everything from president to state legislator.

The Washington Secretary of State's office has produced a summary that could be considered the Cliff Notes version of a Reader's Digest take. It fits on a little more than one page, with some important dates and websites to fill out the rest of a two-sided sheet of paper.

We submit it for your perusal.


Mailing in that registration? Do it quickly

Washington residents who are eligible to vote but haven’t registered have until Saturday to mail in their registration forms, and until Monday to sign up online.

The final deadline for mail and online voting is Monday, but that’s Columbus Day, a federal holiday on which post offices will be closed. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday, but if they don’t get postmarked Saturday, they won’t be postmarked until Tuesday.

It will be possible to register online through Monday by going to the Secretary of State’s web site . Residents who miss that deadline can still sign up in person at a county elections office until Oct. 31.

Blasts from the past: Archived campaign lit

OLYMPIA — The Secretary of State’s Office blog has a daily feature this week on campaign literature from past campaigns in Washington state collected by the State Archives. It’s in honor of something or other that happens next Tuesday.

Today’s comes from Dan Evans’ 1964 campaign for governor, with a very earnest Evans looking out from a bumper sticker or mailer. (The shape conforms to a bumper sticker, but the photo suggests it’s printed on something a bit higher quality.)

Monday’s was an ad from one of Scoop Jackson’s presidential runs.

Kind of makes one wonder: What campaign materials would be worth archiving from 2010?

Judge allows initiative signatures to be released

OLYMPIA — Washington state can release the signatures on initiative and referendum petitions for all ballot measures except the one still tied up in federal court, a state judge said Friday morning.

Thurston County Superior Court Richard Hicks, dissolved an injunction that was keeping the Secretary of State’s office from filling public records requests for 11 different petition drives, most of them for initiatives sponsored by Tim Eyman. The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled in a separate case there is no basis for a blanket ban on releasing the names on initiative petitions and  has sent  that case back to federal court in Seattle on whether the sponsors of Referendum 71 can prove there are special circumstances regarding their ballot measure to block the release of names.

But the names on petitions for the other initiatives requested by Bryan Wahl, a Mountlake Terrace lobbyist, Hicks said can be released. State attorneys had argued some 2 million  names of petition signers had been released over the last six years without incident.

David Ammons, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said the names would be released sometime Friday or early next week.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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