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Category: Secretary of State

Oct.
9th

State Republican Party skewers five Democrats in one new video called “Unfit for Office”

A new ad produced for the Washington State Republican Party alleges that five of the Democrats running for statewide elected office are unethical and “Unfit for Office.”

The four are secretary of state candidate Kathleen Drew, auditor candidate Troy Kelley, attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson, governor candidate Jay Inslee and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

In each case, the ad cites articles written about allegations and some findings against the five. The ad seems to equate some pretty serious charges with some minor disclosure violations and even includes one that was made not against the candidate but the candidate’s husband. It

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Aug.
24th

Judge tosses Eyman lawsuit over I-1185 costs in voter pamphlet

Tim Eyman tried his hand as a lawyer in court today and pretty much lost his shorts. A Thurston County judge threw out Eyman’s claim that the Office of Financial Management needs to change its estimate of taxpayer costs for Initiative 1185 in the voters pamphlet.

I-1185 – which seeks to reassert a two-thirds legislative vote requirement for tax hikes and a simple majority vote requirement for all fee increases – is one of a half-dozen measures on the ballot Nov. 6. Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled that OFM has discretion under the law and

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Aug.
21st

How much does lack of party label contribute to undervote for down-ballot primary races?

Some call it ballot fatigue – the tendency of races that fall further down the ballot to receive less attention from voters.

Elections officials, however, call it undervote.

For example, in the just completed primary election in Washington state, 1,435,182 votes were cast — an anemic 38.5 percent. And the race for governor, uncompetitive as it was, got the most love from voters. Just 1.8 percent of those who filled out a ballot did not cast a vote for governor. In the race for U.S. Senate, the undervote was 3.4 percent.

But the dropoff gets more-severe further down the ballot:

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Aug.
7th

Top 10 things we’ll learn from primary vote (UPDATED with answers)

Only between 50 percent and 60 percent 60 and 70 percent of the votes cast for the 2012 Washington state primary will be counted tonight so we will have to wait until at least Friday to know the answers to these questions. (See comment below on turnout).

What we won’t learn for sure is why was turnout so low – low by recent standards and low by the overly rosy prediction by state and local elections officials. Maybe it was the earliest ever primary date, the culmination of a move to increase the time between the primary and the general to help assure that military ballots are returned and counted. Maybe, as one of my colleagues guesses, it is the inability of the primary to compete with the Olympics.

But here, at least, is one list of issues that will be known once primary votes are all tallied:

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July
6th

Charter schools, Eyman tax measures file petitions; both appear to have enough signatures and would swell Nov. 6 ballot to six statewide measures

Backers of a charter school initiative and Tim Eyman’s latest version of a two-thirds vote requirement for tax hikes both met deadlines for submitting signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. Checking of a sample of signatures is needed, but signs point to both I-1240’s charter schools plan and Eyman’s I-1185 both qualifying.

Assuming that happens, the fall ballot will have six measures ranging from same-sex marriage to debt control and marijuana decriminalization.


Tim Eyman, second from left, preparing to turn in signatures Friday. (AP Photo, Rachel LaCorte)

The Office of the Secretary of State is reporting both I-1240 and I-1185 are in good shape to qualify because they both exceeded the 241,153 minimum – with I-1240 saying it has brought in about 350,000 and Eyman reporting he has 318,000.

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March
12th

Rep. Zack Hudgins dropping run for Secretary of State

Five-term state Rep. Zack Hudgins says he is dropping his campaign for secretary of state and will run again as a Democrat for his seat in the 11th Legislative District. Hudgins said he quit due to special session, which began today and could run up to 30 days.

“The reason is the uncertainty of the special session. I have to focus on the job I was elected to do. That requires me to be paying attention to session and the budget. It’s going to be difficult for me to do with session going on,” Hudgins said.

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Feb.
23rd

Former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels jumps into secretary of state’s race

The announcement is not a surprise as Nickels had said he was considering running to replace the retiring Sam Reed as the state’s top elections official. Nickels says he would be an advocate on transparency for money in politics.

Nickels was defeated for re-election as mayor in 2009. He said in an interview that “being turned out of office is a very humbling experience, so I wanted to think through it carefully.” He said despite the loss, his reputation “has become one of a guy who got things done,” in the years since Mayor Mike McGinn took over.

He jumps

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Feb.
8th

Washington Secretary of State posts a Q and A on possible gay marriage referendum

FYI: Backers of Washington’s gay-marriage legislation, Senate Bill 6239, expect the House to pass it and send it to Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday — and challengers already are making plans for a ballot challenge.

How would that work? What’s the timeline? What does the filing of a referendum mean to people who were thinking about a summertime wedding?

Here is a look at how a referendum would work:

Q. When would the legislation ordinarily take effect?
A. 90 days after adjournment of the regular session, or June 7 this year.

Q. When can a referendum be filed?

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