It’s time to fill out your general election ballot. Ballots are due by November 5. Not sure if you are registered? Check your voter registration here.
In addition to many races for local office, there are two important statewide initiatives on the ballot.
We ask you to:
• Vote to Approve Initiative 1000 on Referendum 88 to restore fairness and opportunity in Washington state. In the 20 years since protections were rolled back, state spending with certified minority and women owned businesses has dropped from 10% to 3% – a devastating $3.5 billion loss of revenue.
Approving I-1000 will diversify public contracting and procurement, and lead to more inclusive prosperity by ensuring all qualified people and businesses can fully participate in our economy.
• Vote No on Tim Eyman’s harmful Initiative 976, which would devastate transportation projects around Washington state, including the voter-approved ST3 light rail expansion. It would increase congestion and make it less safe to get around our region.
I-976 would cut funding for road and transit projects from Spokane to Seattle, up to Bellingham, down to Vancouver, and all points in between. There is no backup or failsafe for this funding if it is lost.
You can watch our CEO Marilyn Strickland on KBTC-TV encouraging Washington residents to vote no on I-976 at this link.
The Seattle Times has also recommended that voters reject I-976 and approve I-1000 on Referendum 88.
For local races, our political action committee, CASE (Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy) endorsed the following candidates with diverse professional and community experience:
Thank you for voting, and please encourage your family, friends, associates, and neighbors to fill out their ballots, too.