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Voters can make laws when legislators won’t

Voters have options to take the law into their own hands when the Legislature won’t.


Women nationwide won the right to vote after long struggle 100 years ago, but Washington voters expanded suffrage a decade earlier

On Aug. 26, 1920, the women’s right to vote in the United States will turn 100. But the big party for Washington came much earlier, on Nov. 8, 1910, when …


What to watch for when watching political advertisements

When the calendar nears Election Day all over Washington, it can seem like the stream of political advertisements from the TV and radio will never end. The First Amendment largely …


S-R partners with League of Woman Voters on Your Vote

About us The League of Women Voters of Washington is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. There are about 20 local Leagues throughout Washington …


Ten misconceptions about registering to vote, submitting a ballot in Washington

The process of registering to vote and casting a ballot in Washington state has several distinctive features, which can create some confusion after a resident moves to a new address …


Washington elections are a long process, start to finish

In Washington, Election Day is a misnomer. In the state’s all-mail balloting system, registered voters get their ballots delivered to their legal residence about 18 days before the deadline for …


Voting is a right often ignored and sometimes trampled

Voting is a right for all American citizens, but is often one of the most ignored rights, and occasionally one of the most trampled rights.


Picking a candidate isn’t always easy. Here are tips from the League of Women Voters to be a smart voter.

Make a list of the values you have and what you care about. Then you will be ready to look for candidates and issues that match. Make a candidate report …


Commission named every 10 years to redraw Washington’s congressional, legislative boundaries

A bipartisan commission draws Washington’s congressional and legislative boundaries.


Need more details to fill out your ballot? Here are some sources to help.

Need more details to fill out a ballot? Here are sources to help. Below are some sources of information to help you make an informed choice on your ballot.


Washington’s 2020 presidential election starts in January and ends in December

For the first time in state history, Washington voters of both major parties will cast ballots in a presidential primary that will help select the two party’s nominees.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 7:07 p.m.

Partisan control determines how states act on voting rights

New York and a few other states that saw some of the biggest Democratic gains in 2018 have passed laws this year to implement early voting, all-mail voting or automatic …


Sen. Andy Billig: We need to make it easier to access democracy

We should never stop searching for ways to increase access and strengthen trust between the public and those who represent them. The people of Washington deserve nothing less.


Everything is Copy: Being enfranchised opens people to the possibilities of democracy

My motives are no different from those of my finger-wagging friends: They arise out of a desire to help. Or, perhaps more honestly, to give an opinion about the “right” …


Registering to vote brings out emotions among Florida felons

The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional …


Wisconsin’s early voting limit challenged in federal court

The fight over restricting early voting in Wisconsin returned to federal court Monday, three days after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a new limit passed during a lame-duck legislative …


3 Washington state legislative races heading for recounts

Three legislative races in Washington state are heading to a hand recount after election results are certified next week.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

Long lines, machine breakdowns mar vote on Election Day

Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.


Parkland survivors vote for 1st time, months after massacre

Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, school walkouts …


State officials watching Whitman County voter registration closely ahead of November midterms

The state’s director of elections says their agency is watching the county to ensure compliance with state laws, which don’t require specific documentation proving residency, just a sworn statement. A …


Campus vote shaping up as battleground in race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes …


Idaho gets $3.2M in grant money for election security

Idaho is receiving $3.2 million from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to secure and modernize its elections systems.


Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling …


Maine’s ranked-choice voting requires some patience

A Republican businessman hoping to succeed Maine’s firebrand GOP governor was the winner in the nation’s first ranked-choice voting primary, but it could take a week for election officials to …


Legislation: Let DC teens vote in presidential elections

The mayor of Washington, D.C., and a majority of the council are voicing support for letting 16-year-olds vote for president.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 8:03 p.m.

Current, former presidents at odds in Ecuador referendum

Ecuadoreans have voted overwhelmingly to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that is seen as a critical test of former President Rafael Correa’s enduring political strength.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

Supreme Court appears sympathetic to Ohio voter purge effort

The Supreme Court appeared sympathetic Wednesday to states that seek to prune their voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t voted in a while.


Outside View: Resolve to be informed

Why not resolve to make a difference? Why not resolve to become informed and have a clear understanding of the issues, rather than blindly checking a “D” or an “R” …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Shelby bucks Alabama GOP leaders in voting against Moore

Most Republican leaders in Alabama say they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday, despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country …