It’s that time again, and though some of us felt like this day would never come, for others it’s creeping up more quickly than we expected. In any case, it’s more important than ever to make sure that as voters, we’re armed with all the facts and resources we need to make informed choices. To that end, we present The Emerald’s 2020 Voters’ Guide.
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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.
In a couple of weeks, Washington State will mail out ballots for one of the most critical elections of our lifetimes. While every election is important, this upcoming contest has the potential to alter the course of our nation for generations, so every vote will count.
In the last presidential election, almost 77% of eligible, voting-age Washingtonians registered to vote — the highest percentage since 1984. However, turnout was only 65%. In King County, turnout declined by nearly 3% compared to 2012. Statewide, it went down by a similar amount.
While 65% turnout is high relative to other states, that leaves room for improvement.
The Emerald has discovered that two more Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers have registered non-residential addresses as their voting addresses, thereby apparently breaking voting laws. The discovery follows on the heels of the Emerald’s first article about six other SPD officers, including Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) President Michael Solan, registering SPD precincts as voting addresses.
In a unanimous decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “ … states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College,” according to the Associated Press. The ruling also allowed states to remove and punish electors for voting otherwise.
During the last presidential election cycle, Beacon Hill resident and longtime Seattle activist and musician, Esther “Little Dove” John, challenged the then-implicit requirement of Electoral College electors voting in lockstep with the popular vote in Washington.
In November, voters will get to decide the fate of affirmative action, which has been at issue in Washington State since the late 1990s.
This past April, the Washington State legislature approved Initiative 1000. Its implementation would repeal Initiative 200, which has banned affirmative action in the state since its passage in 1998. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman helped bring I-200 to the ballot and more than half of Washington State voters approved it, adding language that prohibited government hiring, contracting, and admissions to universities to use race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in its process.
Nearly 100 years ago, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting white women the right to vote. It took another year for enough states to ratify the amendment, but many people would continue to wait for their right to vote. Jim Crow laws prevented black women and men from participating in the United States’ form of democracy.
Every three years, Seattle Public Schools ask voters to renew two critical education levies. These levies fund day-to-day operations for our students, from textbooks to salaries. They also help build new schools, improve safety and help fund nurses and counselors for our students.
A new survey by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs shows that almost half of the immigrants surveyed in Seattle do not know how or where to register vote, a community that already votes at lower rates than U.S.-born residents.