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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 …


Voters can make laws when legislators won’t

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


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.


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 …


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 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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Inslee issues executive order banning flavored vaping products

In a press conference in Seattle on Friday, Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order issuing an emergency ban against flavors for nicotine and cannabis vaping products. The order cannot …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Confusing affirmative action initiative a product of long back-and-forth about best way to afford opportunity

If you signed petitions this spring to put Referendum 88 on the November election lot because you oppose affirmative action laws, should you mark it “Approved” or “Rejected” on your …


Women of the Year: Sheila Collins came for the World’s Fair and stayed to help shape Spokane

Sheila Collins came for a temporary job and stayed to make lasting changes as one of Spokane’s “unsung heroes.”


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Washington sues Trump over transfer of $89M from Puget Sound Navy base to border wall

Washington sues Trump administration over the transfer of money for Navy construction project.


Spin Control: Friday 13th was bad for Tim Eyman

If initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman hasn’t previously put any credence in warnings about Friday the 13th, he might want to start.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

King County council member proposes money to bus homeless people out of the region

King County would spend $1 million on bus tickets for homeless people who want to reconnect with family or close friends in other states, away from Seattle, under a new …


Washington joins lawsuit against proposed changes to detaining immigrant children

Washington joined a group of other states challenging proposed new rules by the Trump administration that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson described Monday as part of “scorched earth immigration policies.”


Washington should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Washington and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana should be careful about how they spend the tax money it generates, according to a study released Monday by The Pew …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Presidential campaign keeps Washington governor out of state

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has spent more than half his days traveling out of state on the campaign trail in the five months since declaring his candidacy for the Democratic …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 7:17 a.m.

Inslee a winner or loser in debate? Depends on who was watching

Gov. Jay Inslee gets mixed reviews for his performance in Wednesday night’s debate.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 10:42 p.m.

Inslee gets more time in second Democratic debate, but did he get enough?

Jay Inslee got more time on camera in Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate. The question is whether he’ll get any time on camera in the next debate.


Independent team signed for Shea investigation

House signs contract with outside investigators to determine whether Rep. Matt Shea has promoted political violence.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Hundreds of new Washington laws take effect Sunday

New laws governing everything from partially full wine bottles to fracking are set to become law on Sunday.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

New lineup, same challenge for Inslee in 2nd debate

In the second Democratic presidential candidate debate, Jay Inslee will face a new lineup but the same challenge.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump ‘wrong’ to tell four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said President Trump was “wrong” in his suggestion that four congresswoman should go back to the countries they came from.


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

College football coaches top state salary list; governor is ranked 2,125

As usual, Mike Leach and Chris Petersen top the annual state employee salaries list.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Law protects those with obesity from discrimination,Washington Supreme Court says

People with obesity qualify for some workplace protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws, state Supreme Court rules.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Ross Perot, who died Tuesday, excited local voters in his ’92 run

The former head of Ross Perot’s presidential campaign in Washington remembers the outsider politician who died Tuesday at the age of 89 as a wonderful boss.


Spin Control: Eyman and others fail to qualify voter initiatives

Tim Eyman will have one familiar initiative on the November ballot that deals with $30 car tabs, but could not muster the signatures to get a second measure that would …