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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Election
February 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Minority voting: Washington Voting Rights Act doesn’t go far enough

It is welcome news that the Legislature is considering the Washington Voting Rights Act [“State House Democrats push forward minority voting bill,” Local News, Jan. 25]. Washington has a history of bipartisan efforts of voter inclusion. Vote by mail, creation of the Washington State Redistricting Commission and passage of Initiative 872, which allows a vote for…

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0 Comments | More in Election | Topics: Initiative 872, Susan Goding, Washington State Redistricting Commission

November 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Elections are determined by big money

Term limits are crucial for representatives and senators Editor, The Times: I wish more articles were written on a consistent basis about the influx of money into our political process [“Funding state elections from near, afar,” page on, Nov. 3]. There is no question that candidates who are more qualified, yet do not have the money power behind…

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0 Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, term limits

October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some…

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0 Comments | More in Election, Federal government | Topics: Campaign limits, federal election, government

May 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Pakistani elections

Election process corrupt As a Pakistani living in Seattle, the past two days have seen me glued to my computer, following Pakistan’s national elections [“Pakistan’s ex-leader poised to win,” page one, May 12]. Both Pakistani and international media have failed to provide a complete picture of what is actually happening.Social media is full of eyewitness accounts…

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0 Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, Pakistan

April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

McKenna offers blueprint for GOP revival

McKenna proposes worthwhile changes, but leaves one out As a longtime voter, I was pleased to see Rob McKenna’s statement of changes needed by the GOP [“A reset button for Washington state’s GOP,” Opinion, March 31]. I first voted in November 1952, casting votes for Dwight Eisenhower and other Republicans. I’ve voted in every election…

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0 Comments | More in Election, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: McKenna, Republicans

March 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Mitt Romney explains why he lost the election

Recant not successful Poor Mitt Romney, he just can’t seem to get his point across [“Romney spreads blame in explaining why he lost,” News, March 4]. He claims that the 47-percent comment — blown out of proportion by the media — wasn’t really what he meant to say. What he really meant to say was, he…

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0 Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, the 1 percent

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71: Should signatures be public?

A signature, like a vote, is private I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 ["R-71 signatures kept private," page one, Sept. 11]. Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote….

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0 Comments | More in courts, Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics, Republicans, State initiatives

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Personal stories: why Ref. 71 should be passed

A loving home, a life among discrimination I will be voting to approve Referendum 71 to provide legal protections for couples and families like mine. My same-sex wife — we were married in Canada — and I are raising two children. Our son is a special-needs child, and our daughter is an honor student who will be…

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0 Comments | More in Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, State initiatives

September 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ref. 71 up to voters: Will rights be granted?

Washington is a place of equality Editor, The Times: I was elated to read your editorial ["Basic fairness, equality for Washington families," Opinion, Sept. 2] encouraging voters to approve Referendum 71, upholding the domestic-partnership law, when it comes to the ballot this fall. The Washington I know is a place where people of all different races, backgrounds, creeds…

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0 Comments | More in Election, Families, Gay marriage, Gay rights, State initiatives, Washington Legislature

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