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Need a reason to fill out that ballot? We’ll give you 10

One reason to vote: You get to wear this snazzy sticker.

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Crunch time for voters arrives Tuesday. If you haven’t returned your ballot yet, remember that it must be postmarked by midnight on Election Day or put in one of many area drop boxes by 8 p.m. in order to be counted.

Not motivated enough this year? As a public service, we’ve come up with the top 10 reasons to return that ballot.

10. You get free license to complain if the candidates or ballot measures you voted for fall short on Election Day. There’s a little-known political etiquette rule that goes something like this: If you didn’t vote, then keep your yap shut.

9. Remember 2004. Even if you feel that your vote for president means little (the prognosticators tell us that Washington’s electoral votes are firmly in Barack Obama’s column), many down-ballot races and ballot measures need your vote. Read more »


Inmate voting: The 9th’s chance for redemption

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals, known for dubious and oft-overturned decisions, didn’t enhance its reputation in January when it ordered Washington to give the vote to imprisoned felons.

It’s got a shot at a do-over next month, when 11 of its judges will review the January decision, which was made by a three-judge panel.

If the full court repeats the panel’s blunder, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to step in and reverse the 9th yet again – especially since three other federal appeals courts have reached the opposite conclusion in similar cases.

The case before the 9th was brought by several felons who claimed Washington’s ban on inmate voting violates the federal Voting Rights Act by imprisoning racial minorities at disproportionately high rates. Read more »