Tag Archives: Voting

OPINION | Of Course Roe Played a Role in the Midterms: Most Americans Support Abortion Access

by Megan Burbank


As the “red wave” telegraphed by pundits failed to materialize in this year’s midterm elections, I heard one refrain again and again: Abortion mattered after all.

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Poor People’s Campaign: Called to Lead — Part 3

by Chardonnay Beaver


In 1967, after fighting against Jim Crow segregation and winning many civil rights victories for Black and Brown Americans, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America.

The Poor People’s Campaign marks Dr. King’s philosophical shift from civil rights to human rights — demanding a new consciousness amid the threat of war, poverty, racial discrimination, and white supremacy. This inclusive fusion movement would unite all races through their commonality of struggle, to create solutions that would revolutionize American values.

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OPINION | Instead of Choosing the Lesser of Two Evils, We Need to Change Our Election System

by Jude Ahmed


This November, after organizers and the City Council alike have made it possible, Seattle voters could elect to make huge changes in our voting system. 

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King County Youth Rally Together for the 2022 General Election

by Reneé Díaz


This week out on Red Square at the University of Washington (UW), college students are approaching their peers with clipboards in hand, asking if they have registered to vote for the upcoming election.

And young people are teaming up to get the vote out. Various organizations are rallying together on Red Square and outside campus buildings and asking strangers if they are registered to vote, and their members are phone-banking and going into classrooms to encourage each other to fill out their ballots. 

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How Gentrification Shapes South End Politics: Race and Politics in South Seattle

South End voters are not divided by race, but recent trendlines are

by Andrew Hong


South Seattle is a unique and important part of the state to understand. We are the most diverse part of the state, with many neighborhoods being over three-quarters People of Color. However, our community’s needs and an understanding of our communities are often discarded. That includes our politics. Most political analyses of Washington State gloss over Communities of Color, and the analyses that do dive into BIPOC communities often lump all Communities of Color together into one bucket. However, Bellevue Communities of Color are much different from Central Washington Communities of Color which are much different from South End Communities of Color.

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South End Guides | Nov. 8 General Election: Register and Vote!

by Phil Manzano


The Jan. 6 hearings have focused the country on the most basic foundation of American democracy: the right to vote.

Here at the South Seattle Emerald, we’re part of the Voter Education Fund, a King County nonpartisan project to encourage as many potential voters to register and vote.

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Election Officials Fight Misinformation With Voter Awareness Campaign

by Phil Manzano


King County Elections Director Julie Wise — a 22-year elections veteran who has done everything from answering phones to drawing precinct maps to staffing polling places to the transition to mail-in voting — has never seen anything like she is seeing now: A climate of suspicion and distrust over the electoral process eroding the bedrock foundation of American democracy.

“Through all of those years,” Wise said, “I have never experienced an elections landscape like the one we’re in today.”

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To Boost Voter Turnout, King County Proposal Would Move Elections to Even Years

by Ben Adlin


The King County Council is expected to vote next week on a plan that would move County elections to even-numbered years, a change aimed at increasing overall voter turnout. Supporters say the shift could boost participation, particularly among underrepresented groups, such as young people and Communities of Color. 

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OPINION: Is Increasing Voter Turnout the Key to Progressive Victories?

by Guy Oron


If you’re a progressive or leftist like me, you were probably disappointed in the November local election results. Conservative candidates swept 3 out of the 4 Seattle races, including the all-important mayoral election by a large margin of nearly 20%.

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Help! What’s on the Ballot for Next Week’s Election?

by Ben Adlin


If you were caught off guard when you received your ballot last month, you’re not alone — by today’s standards, the buzz around the State’s special election next Tuesday, Feb. 8, has been mellow. But if you care at all about schools (or taxes), it’s time to tear open that envelope and get going on your civic duty.

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