Tag Archives: 2020 Elections

OPINION: Let’s Go Vote

by Pari McDonald, Ana McDonald, Marina Rojas, and Chiara Zanatta-Kline

(This article originally appeared on the South End Stories Youth Blog.)


The voices of those who are furthest from opportunity, who are actively being suppressed and kept from voting, must be heard, especially during this election. Ana (18), Pari (15), and Cymran (13) McDonald decided they wanted to do something about creating easy, accessible ways for the communities that they love and who have lifted them up in life, to register to vote. The sisters worked with young adults Chiara and Marina to build Mini Voter Registration Boxes for areas where QT/BIPOC voters may have difficulty printing voter registration forms or may not be able to easily get stamps or envelopes, especially during COVID. The girls also wanted to ensure that young voters were easily able to access voter registration by providing texting and QR codes to register online. Boxes were placed in the Central District, New Holly, White Center, High Point, Renton, Federal Way, and Tacoma.

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The Morning Update Show — 10/26/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Monday, Oct. 26

Today on the Morning Update Show:

150 days of Seattle Protests; Cannabis in the Black Community Recap; Sean Goode of Choose 180; Luis Rodriguez of The Station; Ayron Jones cracks Billboard Top 10; and 59 Million People Have Voted.

The Morning Update Show — 10/23/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Friday, Oct. 23

Today on the Morning Update Show:

Happy Birthday, Hiram Salisbury!; Sound Transit Transfers Properties; “The Talk” With Mike Davis and Julia Jessie; Rainier Avenue Radio Gets Out the Youth Vote; Zapata Murals on Beacon Hill; and Almost the Weekend.

Inside the Ballot Processing Center and Its COVID Safeguards

by Ashley Archibald

(This article was originally published by Real Change and has been reprinted with permission.)


From the exterior, the King County Elections headquarters resembles a drab office building, gray and in an industrial part of Renton, across from a used car dealership.

On the inside, however, officials want the public to think of it as the Fort Knox of elections.

King County, like the rest of the U.S., is careening toward one of the most anticipated elections in modern history. By Nov. 3, the Electoral College will either reelect President Donald Trump or replace him with former Vice President Joe Biden.

With two weeks left to go and millions of votes already cast, the legitimacy of the election is already being called into question.

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The Morning Update Show — 10/20/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Tuesday, October 20

Today on the Morning Update Show:

Black Voices Matter – SABJ Event; Chief Best lands new role at KING 5; Durkan to cut $30M Equity Fund; People’s Budget vs. Solidarity Budget; Diddy launches new political party; and Stimulus Watch.

Eighth Annual AAPI Candidate Forum: Opportunities for Local Democracy in a Tough Year

by Joseph Shoji Lachman (ACRS), Derek Lum (InterIm CDA), Velma Veloria (EEC), Tweetie Fatuesi (UTOPIA Seattle), and other AAPI Candidate Forum planning committee members


For many of us in the South Seattle area and in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, 2020 has been a tough year in unprecedented ways. Events such as wildfires, presidential election politics, and of course above all else, the outbreak of COVID-19, have undoubtedly transformed our lives. Many of our community members are experiencing discrimination and economic distress that we haven’t felt in decades, and countless small businesses and organizations are struggling to survive. These difficulties are only magnified further for AAPIs without many of the protections that come with American citizenship and English fluency.

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The Morning Update Show — 10/19/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Monday, October 19

Today on the Morning Update Show:

**Live Julie C** — What is the Solidarity Budget?; Ballot Box Safety — King County Elections; WA State foster children being shipped out of state; More discrepancies in the KCSO shooting of Tommy Le; CHOP lawsuit against the City of Seattle; and City Council members being blamed for graffiti at Mayor Durkan’s home.

Chukundi Salisbury Wants to Bring a ‘Wealth of Real-World Knowledge and Lived Experience’ to Olympia

 by Emerald Staff 


Organizer, promoter, entrepreneur, computer scientist, father, and community gardener — Chukundi Salisbury has amassed several titles since moving to Seattle as a 5-year-old boy in 1975. He’s looking to add at least one more come November: state representative for Washington’s 37th Legislative District. 

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Announcements & Events

curated by Emerald Staff


Here, you’ll find community announcements, events, and other stuff we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

Have an event or announcement you want to share? Hit us up!

* Featured Event *

T’Challaween Costume Parade on Beacon Hill

October 31, 2 p.m.

The South Seattle Emerald in partnership with Rainier Avenue Radio bring you — T’Challaween! This event will feature a 3/4-mile, *socially distant, *COVID-safe costume parade along the Beacon Hill Greenway. Paraders will travel north to south from around S. College St to S. Hanford St along 18th Ave S. (join anywhere along the route!) and catch “no-touch” candy from our volunteers! And Rainier Avenue Radio will livestream the event for those who can’t be there. **MASKS REQUIRED! (Costume masks alone don’t count.)

WATCH: RainierAvenueRadio.World app or Facebook
LISTEN: www.rainieravenueradio.world

Thank you to our sponsors The Station, Converge Media, Jump Start Consulting, Bar del Corso, Urban Feed & Garden, Beacon Business Alliance, Practically Apparent, and Beacon Arts! (*And a shout out to the Feed the People Plaza and Hello Bicycle!*)


Announcement — 10/23/20: Online and Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline Is Mon., Oct. 26

Info from the Secretary of State: Register online at VoteWA.gov, the state’s online voter portal. All you need is a Washington State driver’s license or I.D. You can also change/update your registration, view a personalized voters’ guide (with information on candidates and measures specific to where you live), locate ballot drop boxes, voting centers, and elections offices, and track your marked ballot once it is in the system.

After Oct. 26, you may register in person at a county elections office or voting center during normal business hours and as late as 8 p.m. on Election Day. But don’t wait until the last minute!

Get tons more info in The Emerald’s 2020 Voters’ Guide.


Racism and Voting Rights

Tues., Oct. 27 — 7–8:30 p.m.
On Zoom — Register here.

From the host, Rainier Valley Historical Society: Join us online for a presentation on voting rights, voter suppression, and disenfranchisement that results from institutional racism and racist policy making. After the presentation, there will be a community discussion and opportunity to speak. 

Our presenter is Maya Manus the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. (Can’t make it? Watch the event after the Zoom call here.)


Sourced from SPL’s Elections 2020 webpage.

Announcement — 10/21/20: Pick Up Voting Materials at the Seattle Public Library + Five Library Closures On Election Day For COVID Safety

Find information about voting and elections, including important dates, how to register and links to government election websites, at spl.org/elections

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