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Category: Voting


Residents of Pacific vote to recall Mayor Cy Sun

Residents of Pacific voted Tuesday to end Mayor Cy Sun’s days in office.

Initial results of the special election to oust the embattled public official showed residents voted 836-405 in favor of recalling Sun. Pacific has 2,900 registered voters.

Barring a miraculous shift in returns over the next few days, the certification of the election July 9 will end the tenure of Sun, who was elected through a write-in campaign at the end of 2011.

Sun did not return The News Tribune’s requests for comment Tuesday.

City Council president Leanne Guier said Pacific’s struggles won’t end with Sun being recalled.

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Washington state now ranks 9th in percentage of women in state Legislature

There was a time when Washington state led the nation in the percentage of women in the Legislature but now has fallen to 9th. Colorado leads the nation for women in the Legislature.

When the next Legislature convenes in January,  just over 30 percent of those serving will be women – 28 Democrats and 17 Republicans. But that is down from 41 percent when the state led the nation.

Just under 25 percent of all state legislators are women.

Five of the state’s 12-member Congressional delegation will be women including both U.S. Senators. But just one of the statewide

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Pierce Transit measure fails by 704 votes

A measure that would have increased funding for Pierce Transit failed by 704 votes, according to final election results released today.

Proposition 1 would have raised sales tax within the agency’s boundaries by three-tenths of one percent.

Without the funding, Pierce Transit will cut bus service after 7 p.m. and on weekends, officials have said. Disability service will also be reduced. Cuts will have to be completed by spring of 2014. The board that oversees the agency will set a timeline for implementing the changes, which will include time to seek public comment.

Proposition 1 was rejected 100,943 votes to

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Proposition 1, the Pierce Transit funding measure, still trails with 90 percent of the vote now counted

Proposition 1 – the Pierce Transit funding measure – gained 92 votes after Saturday’s ballot tallies, but it’s still failing.

As of the latest counts, the measure is being rejected 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent with 90 percent of the vote counted.

More results are expected to be posted Sunday and Monday at 5 p.m., the Pierce County Auditor’s Office reported on Saturday.

In all, “rejected” votes on the ballot measure are beating “approved” votes by 823.

The 0.4 percent difference does not ensure a recount. Ballot measures are not subject to the automatic recount rules that apply to elected

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What John Stuart Mill wrote about vote-by-mail … in 1860

As Washington conducts its first all-mail election, it is finally time to ask one of the great political theorists of all time what he thinks of this mode of voting.


In his 1860 treatise “Considerations on Representative Democracy,” John Stuart Mill was discussing the recent concept of the secret ballot in England to replace the open voting. The secret ballot was thought to be a way to combat vote fraud and bribery because only with an open vote could the briber know for sure that the bribee had performed as he was paid to do.


At the time,

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Voting bills for youth, same-day registration get hearing

A bill allowing youth 16 years and older to preregister to vote got a hearing in the House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs this morning.

House Bill 2205 would permit youth meeting other voter registration requirements to register, but would keep them out of the statewide voter registration database until the age of 18.

The committee also had a hearing on House Bill 2204, which would allow same-day registration for voters.

Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, the committee chair and a sponsor of both bills, said he expects 2205 and 2204 to pass out of committee.

“Voting is a

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Tacoma’s David Sawyer will seek suddenly open state House seat from 29th District

Just days after incumbent Rep. Connie Ladenburg announced that she would not seek another term in the state House of Representatives, David Sawyer announced that he hopes to replace her.

Sawyer, who works for Ladenburg Law in Tacoma as a clerk, is the first to declare in the district that has been controlled by Democrats since the Great Depression.

Sawyer has been active in politics for several years, helping the Barack Obama campaign in Iowa in 2008. In a statement released today, Sawyer said he is running “to bring jobs, justice and the American dream back to the 29th Legislative

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I-1183 will have an impact on Alcohol Impact Areas, but not nearly as much as feared

An e-mail that was distributed today by the longtime leader of the Hilltop Action Coalition raises some questions and quite of bit of concern about how the liquor privatization Initiative 1183 will affect Alcohol Impact Areas if it passes Tuesday.

Those are the areas that have a high concentration of what are politely termed chronic public inebriates. Once the area is established, the city can request of the state Liquor Control Board that products that are cheap and have high alcohol content be banned.

Currently those products are usually fortified wines that can otherwise be sold in stores with beer and wine licenses. If 1183 passes and hard liquor sales are allowed in the AIA in Tacoma, will street drunks simply buy cheap booze instead?

And will there be a huge increase of liquor sales in Lincoln, downtown, the Hilltop and the eastern part of the North End currently covered by the AIA?

Hilltop Action Coalition pioneer Jeanie Peterson expressed two major fears in her e-mail. The first is that the same irresponsible convenience store owners who contributed to the problems with fortified wine could sell hard liquor. The second is that activists will have to go through the process of getting individual liquor products banned that they went through to get individual wine and beer products banned.

The first worry shouldn’t be a worry. The second one is true but nothing in the initiative prevents the Liquor Board from acting to ban certain products once a case has been made that those products are contributing to problems. Read more »