Tag: Elections


Happy Budget Week (With Miscellaneous Updates, Too)!

Both the House and Senate unveiled their budgets this week, and there is a lot to digest. For elections, neither budget funds the “even year” elections, which is the status quo but is also disappointing given how hard we have worked with the Secretary of State to secure funding for all elections, regardless of year (the even- odd-year distinction is antiquated and

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Playing Defense in Olympia

With both the policy and fiscal committee cutoffs occurring in Olympia, my work switches largely to defense. The bills we are working to pass—prepaid ballot postage for elections, state paying for election costs regardless of the year, and public records assistance—are more or less in the form in which we want them, but the challenge is to keep them in

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Election Reimbursement and Wrongful Death Bills

Bills to have the state pay for ballot return postage and also pay its proportional share of all elections—not just elections in odd-numbered years—continue to advance, and the Washington State Association of Counties continues to support these measures. This week, new bills came out which combine each of these policies into one bill. House Bill 1481 and Senate Bill 5500

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County election cost relief may be on the way

Elections are crucial to our system of representative government, but, while ballots cover multiple federal, state, and local candidates and issues, the counties bear the primary costs associated with election funding. Two bills which will help the public and counties pay for elections will be heard in the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections on January 16th.  Senate

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