OLYMPIA — Washington has the second best election system in the United States, according to a 17-indicator index released Tuesday. The Pew Charitable Trusts study is based on data from the 2010 election. It will be updated with 2012 statistics later this year, officials said. North Dakota placed first in the index. Mississippi finished last. Oregon,…More
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Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded in the race for secretary of state to Republican candidate Kim Wyman. Wyman, former Thurston County auditor, had a narrow lead over Drew in the race to replace longtime incumbent Sam Reed, who is retiring as secretary of state. Reed had been in office since 2000. In a statement, Drew said, “Today, I called…More
Citing concerns about voter disenfranchisement, Washington state elections officials are asking for detailed information about each ballot collected by political parties and campaign workers. The request stems from reports that some staffers paid by the King County Republican Party are offering to collect ballots and deliver them to official county drop-off centers. The party has also…More
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a claim by gay-rights opponents who, three years ago, sought to shield from release the names of those who signed Referendum 71 petitions. Protect Marriage Washington, the campaign seeking at the time to repeal a portion of the state’s domestic partnership law, had argued that releasing the names…More
Republican Kim Wyman appeared certain to advance to the general election in her bid to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed in November, based on early returns. Her Democratic opponent seemed most likely to be former State Senator Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the Thurston County auditor, held a big lead as the only Republican in a field of…More
Washington state voters this fall will get to express their approval or disapproval of two minor tax increases passed by the Legislature earlier this year, the first use of a little-known provision of a 2007 initiative sponsored by Tim Eyman. The “tax advisory votes” will be non-binding, meaning lawmakers won’t be required to change policy based…More