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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1433

Initiative #1464

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES to Limit Big Money in Politics
  • Initiative 1464, known as Integrity Washington, aims to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our government. I-1464 prohibits lobbyists and government contractors from making big contributions to the candidates they are trying to influence. Notably, I-1464 also features an innovative public financing system that will allow candidates to focus their campaigning and fundraising on ordinary voters rather than the wealthy and well-funded special interests. Modeled in part after “Honest Elections Seattle,” it would give each voter $150 in "Democracy credits" to contribute to candidates of their choice. I-1464 also strengthens enforcement of our existing campaign finance laws. The reforms are mostly funded by repealing a tax loophole for out-of-state shoppers.

    While we strongly support the goals of this initiative, we have some concerns about the details and the potential for unintended consequences that undermine the initiative’s goals. For example, there are concerns that the limits on contributions to candidates will shift more money into attack ads funded by hidden donors, and that it would have been wiser to wait until the similar measure in Seattle had been implemented to work out any problems. If voters approve I-1464, we hope the initiative backers will work closely with state officials to clarify the language and engage more people in the process.

    Despite these issues, we believe that the influence of money in our elections is one of the biggest problems facing our democracy, and that it’s past time to take action. Vote YES on Initiative 1464 to move Washington forward in testing new approaches to limiting the influence of big money on politics.

    Initiative 1464: Integrity Washington

    Initiative 1464, known as Integrity Washington, aims to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our government. I-1464 prohibits lobbyists and government contractors from making big contributions to the candidates they are trying to influence. Notably, I-1464 also features an innovative public financing system that will allow candidates to focus their campaigning and fundraising on ordinary voters rather than the wealthy and well-funded special interests.

  • Endorsed By: League of Women Voters, Young Democrats of Washington, Economic Opportunity Institute, Sightline Institute, and many county and district Democratic organizations.

Initiative #1491

Initiative #1501

  • VOTE YES
    Vote Yes on I-1501 to Prevent Fraud and Protect Seniors
  • When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scams and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers.

    I-1501 also protects the privacy, names, and contact information of home care workers like health care workers and child care providers, which is why the right-wing Freedom Foundation is strongly opposed to this initiative. They have been working to acquire the names and contact information of home health care workers and child care providers as part of a deceptive campaign to destroy unions, and this initiative would prevent them from acquiring that private personal data from the state.

    Vote YES to protect the privacy and safety of seniors and their in-home caregivers.

    Initiative 1501

    When it comes to consumer fraud and identity theft, we are all at risk – but seniors are especially vulnerable. Initiative 1501 will discourage scams and crack down on criminals who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. I-1501 increases penalties for identity theft and fraud and prevents the state from releasing private information about vulnerable people and their in-home caregivers.

Initiative #732

  • VOTE NO
    Vote NO on I-732
  • Initiative 732 has divided groups committed to fighting climate change. It would reduce carbon pollution by taxing it and cut other taxes by a similar amount. Although it’s well-intended, puts a strong price on carbon emissions, and tackles an incredibly urgent problem, it has some serious flaws that have generated strong opposition from many progressive groups that are committed to reducing carbon pollution. Opponents have several concerns:
    1. Although I-732 is supposed to be revenue neutral, drafters inadvertently created huge additional tax breaks for companies like Boeing so it would cost more than it will bring in. A recent state budget analysis has determined that these tax breaks would cost taxpayers approximately $797 million over six years. As a result, I-732 would blow a giant hole in the state budget at a time when we are already failing to adequately fund schools, health care, and other essential services.
    2. It fails to invest any carbon tax revenue in clean energy sources. Increasing our use of clean energy like solar and wind power is a critical part of fighting climate change, as well as decreasing our use of fossil fuels. In addition, it fails to limit carbon pollution or to enforce the carbon pollution reductions already required by law.
    3. I-732 proponents failed to engage communities of color and workers – the ones disproportionately impacted by climate change -- in developing an approach to provide an economically just transition away from fossil fuels. The result is an initiative that does not adequately address their priorities and faces strong opposition from groups representing communities of color and labor unions.
    I-732 supporters argue the urgency of fighting climate change compels us to act immediately and that we can’t afford to wait for a different proposal. Although we are highly motivated to reduce carbon pollution and appreciate the sentiments of the initiative's supporters, I-732’s flaws are serious enough that we – like most statewide environmental groups - cannot support the proposal.

    We look forward to working with a wide range of advocates to create and pass a stronger plan to fight climate change in the near future.

    Here are some additional sources of information about I-732:


    The Yes on 732 campaign explains their side of the story here: https://yeson732.org/
    Initiative 732 has divided groups committed to fighting climate change. It would reduce carbon pollution by taxing it and cut other taxes by a similar amount. Although it’s well-intended, puts a strong price on carbon emissions, and tackles an incredibly urgent problem, it has some serious flaws that have generated strong opposition from many progressive groups that are committed to reducing carbon pollution. Opponents have several concerns:
    1. Although I-732 is supposed to be revenue neutral, drafters inadvertently created huge additional tax breaks for companies like Boeing so it would cost more than it will bring in. A recent state budget analysis has determined that these tax breaks would cost taxpayers approximately $797 million over six years. As a result, I-732 would blow a giant hole in the state budget at a time when we are already failing to adequately fund schools, health care, and other essential services.
    2. It fails to invest any carbon tax revenue in clean energy sources. Increasing our use of clean energy like solar and wind power is a critical part of fighting climate change, as well as decreasing our use of fossil fuels. In addition, it fails to limit carbon pollution or to enforce the carbon pollution reductions already required by law.
    3. I-732 proponents failed to engage communities of color and workers – the ones disproportionately impacted by climate change -- in developing an approach to provide an economically just transition away from fossil fuels. The result is an initiative that does not adequately address their priorities and faces strong opposition from groups representing communities of color and labor unions.
    I-732 supporters argue the urgency of fighting climate change compels us to act immediately and that we can’t afford to wait for a different proposal. Although we are highly motivated to reduce carbon pollution and appreciate the sentiments of the initiative's supporters, I-732’s flaws are serious enough that we – like most statewide environmental groups - cannot support the proposal.

    We look forward to working with a wide range of advocates to create and pass a stronger plan to fight climate change in the near future.
  • Endorsed By: Fuse , OneAmerica Votes , Washington State Labor Council , Front and Centered, Puget Sound Sage, Progreso, Children's Alliance <br/><br/> Other groups that do not support I-732: Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club

Initiative #735

Advisory Vote #14

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 14
  • A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that some stand-alone family dental plans can be charged a small insurance premium tax. Legislators passed House Bill 2768 by a vote of 135 to 11. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

    Statewide Advisory Vote No. 14

    A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that some stand-alone family dental plans can be charged a small insurance premium tax. Legislators passed House Bill 2768 by a vote of 135 to 11. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Advisory Vote #15

  • VOTE MAINTAINED
    Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 15
  • In order to encourage the use of clean alternative fuel vehicles in Washington, a broad majority of legislators voted to extend an existing tax break for customers who buy the clean energy cars. Legislators voted to pass Second Engrossed House Bill 2778 by a vote of 93 to 47. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

    Statewide Advisory Vote No. 15

    In order to encourage the use of clean alternative fuel vehicles in Washington, a broad majority of legislators voted to extend an existing tax break for customers who buy the clean energy cars. Legislators voted to pass Second Engrossed House Bill 2778 by a vote of 93 to 47. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Constitutional Amendment #8210

  • VOTE APPROVED
    Vote YES for a better redistricting plan
  • Every 10 years, the Washington State Constitution requires a bipartisan commission to update the lines that draw state legislative and congressional districts as the population grows and shifts. Senate Joint Resolution 8210 will shorten the time for the commission to complete a redistricting plan by six weeks, saving taxpayers money and allowing voters more time to provide feedback before spring elections. This common sense reform received a unanimous vote from the state Legislature. Vote YES on SJR 8210.

    Senate Joint Resolution No. 8210

    Every 10 years, the Washington State Constitution requires a bipartisan commission to update the lines that draw state legislative and congressional districts as the population grows and shifts. Senate Joint Resolution 8210 will shorten the time for the commission to complete a redistricting plan by six weeks, saving taxpayers money and allowing voters more time to provide feedback before spring elections. This common sense reform received a unanimous vote from the state Legislature. Vote YES on SJR 8210.

King County Ballot Measures

King County Charter Amendment #1

  • VOTE NO
    Vote NO on the Nonpartisan Prosecuting Attorney
  • Voters need all of the information available about a candidate in order to make an informed decision. While most of us dislike partisan politics, King County Charter Amendment No. 1 would take valuable information away from King County voters - the political affiliation of candidates for prosecuting attorney. Studies show that votes rely on party labels to help evaluate candidates they know very little about. Knowing a candidate’s political party shines a spotlight on the values and beliefs guiding their decisions. A person’s political leanings are often indicative of their stance on issues such as criminal justice reform, LGTBQ rights, a women’s right to make her own pregnancy decisions, racial justice, climate change, and many more of the things we care about. This belief system strongly influences their position on legal matters.

    Informed voting is the foundation of a healthy democracy. Voters cannot make informed choices unless they know what candidates stand for. Vote NO on King County Charter Amendment No. 1.

    King County Charter Amendment 1

    Voters need all of the information available about a candidate in order to make an informed decision. While most of us dislike partisan politics, King County Charter Amendment No.

King County Charter Amendment #2

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Gender Neutral Language
  • This charter amendment is an important step toward ensuring that all individuals regardless of gender identity are equally represented in our government. Presently, the King County Charter uses outdated masculine language to describe positions such as “councilman” and “chairman”. Replacing such language with the consistent use of neutral pronouns like “council member” would provide much-needed clarity and consistency to our governing document. Additionally, incorporating gender-neutral language makes the King County Charter more inclusive and ensures that our governing document applies to men, women, transgender people, and gender non-conforming persons.

    Vote YES on King County Charter Amendment No. 2 to ensure that our charter reflects our voters.

    King County Charter Amendment 2

    This charter amendment is an important step toward ensuring that all individuals regardless of gender identity are equally represented in our government. Presently, the King County Charter uses outdated masculine language to describe positions such as “councilman” and “chairman”.

Federal

President

U.S. Senator

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has served in the House since December 2013. Walkinshaw was previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on sustainable agriculture and also serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land. In Olympia, he has been a very effective legislator who has prioritized environmental sustainability and equal opportunity for seniors, renters, and those leaving the criminal justice system. He's prioritizing climate change and economic justice in his campaign for Congress.

    Brady Walkinshaw

    State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has served in the House since December 2013. Walkinshaw was previously a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on sustainable agriculture and also serves on the board of the Trust for Public Land.

  • Endorsed By: LGBT Equality PAC, Aerospace Machinists District 751, United Farm Workers

9th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

Statewide

Governor

Lt. Governor

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

  • Republican
  • Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire. Davidson is currently serving his second term as the President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers and has been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic treasurers as well as most major newspapers from around the state. While we disagree about how to reform our state's upside-down tax code, Davidson brings years of experience with government finance, managing staff, smart investments of taxpayer dollars, and a commitment to transparency and accountability.

    In contrast, banker Michael Waite has no experience overseeing government finances. We have concerns that he would use the office as a platform for anti-tax activism and insert himself into legislative debates outside the scope of the Treasurer’s office. Waite does support safe and legal abortion access and has earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii as well as NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

    We recommend Davidson as the best of two conservative options.

    Duane Davidson

    Elected in 2003, Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson is the better of two conservative candidates vying to replace outgoing State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

State Auditor

  • Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year. McCarthy is running to bring back integrity to the Auditor's office after a criminal indictment derailed Troy Kelley's term, and promises to improve efficiency and transparency in our state government.

    Her opponent is socially-conservative Republican Senator Mark Miloscia. Unfortunately, Miloscia is opposed to safe and legal abortion access and to marriage equality. He supports allowing employers to deny coverage for birth control and co-sponsored a bill that could ban many forms of birth control. We're concerned that if elected, Miloscia could use his office to launch politically-fueled investigations of Planned Parenthood and other women's health groups that receive public funds to provide health care to women.

    Miloscia has been good on labor issues and was endorsed by some of our labor partners, including SEIU 925, SEIU 775, and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, as well as a dual endorsement from the Washington Federation of State Employees. However, McCarthy's support is broader and she deserves your vote due to her accomplished record, experience, and trusted values.

    Pat McCarthy

    Current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has run the operations of Pierce County government for eight years, managing 3,000 employees and a $900 million budget. Prior to that, she served as the Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2005 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

Attorney General

Commissioner of Public Lands

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Insurance Commissioner

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below legislative races on your ballot.

11th Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

32nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

33rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

34th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

36th Legislative District

State Senator

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

37th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

  • Eric Pettigrew is a moderate Democrat running to retain his seat. Pettigrew has been a leader on women's health, sponsoring the Reproductive Parity Act, and has also led on criminal justice issues, including work to help prisoners obtain higher education and a bill to ensure young offenders have equal access to rehabilitation services. Though Pettigrew has a less than stellar record on labor and education issues, including votes against public employee health care pensions, we were happy to see he voted in favor of raising the minimum wage this year.

    Pettigrew faces no party candidate Tamra Smilanich, who ran for this seat and lost twice before in 2012 and 2014. Due to the unique and important work he is doing on criminal justice issues, Pettigrew deserves your vote.

    Eric Pettigrew

    Eric Pettigrew is a moderate Democrat running to retain his seat.

43rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

46th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

State Representative, Position #2

State Supreme Court

Position #1

Position #5

Position #6

  • Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions. Justice Wiggins is an active volunteer in his community for Habitat for Humanity and other good causes. He worked to support campaign contribution limits in state judicial elections before he was elected to the court. Wiggins is rated “exceptionally well qualified” by several bar associations.

    Justice Wiggins faces Dave Larson, a Federal Way Municipal Court Judge. Larson is not highly rated by bar associations, and as a Federal Way School Board Member he voted to ban the documentary An Inconvenient Truth from classrooms after a parent complained that the film didn't include the perspective of global-warming deniers. Larson is heavily backed by huge expenditures from conservative interests unhappy with Justice Wiggins' decisions. Ignore their misleading attack ads. Justice Charlie Wiggins' experience, qualifications, and commitment to judicial ethics makes him the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 6.

    Charles Wiggins

    Elected in 2010, Justice Charlie Wiggins is highly regarded, bringing his sharp eye for judicial ethics and more than 30 years of law and justice experience to the Supreme Court, where he has written more than 100 court opinions.

  • Endorsed By: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington , SEIU 775 , Washington Conservation Voters , WA State Council of Firefighters , WA Federation of State Employees , Washington State Labor Council Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified

King County Superior Court

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #14

  • King County Pro-Tem Judge Nicole Gaines Phelps brings nearly 20 years of combined judicial and legal experience to the office of Superior Court Judge. Her commitment to racial equity and ending discrimination in our criminal justice system has led her to educating the public about their legal rights, and speaking out against racial disparity in our state prisons. Gaines Phelps is rated as “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by five statewide legal associations and is one of the few judicial candidates endorsed by every Justice on the state Supreme Court.

    Her opponent, David Greenspan, is not running a competitive campaign. Judge Gaines Phelps is the clear choice in this race for her commitment to judicial excellence, criminal justice reform, and her work eliminating barriers to legal services in Washington.

    Nicole Gaines Phelps

    King County Pro-Tem Judge Nicole Gaines Phelps brings nearly 20 years of combined judicial and legal experience to the office of Superior Court Judge.

  • Endorsed By: National Women's Political Caucus of WA , M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified

King County Superior Court Judge, Position #26

  • David Keenan began life as a high school drop-out. Despite a challenging upbringing, he was able to graduate with top honors from law school, and has since dedicated much of his legal career to marginalized communities. The King County Pro-Tem District Court Judge has shown commitment to criminal justice reform through volunteer work on behalf of vulnerable youth, immigrants, and those facing racial bias in policing. Keenan has received the endorsements of all nine Supreme Court Justices and a number of our progressive partners.

    His opponent, John O’Rourke, does not practice in King County. For his leadership and commitment to criminal justice reform, Keenan deserves your vote.

    David Keenan

    David Keenan began life as a high school drop-out. Despite a challenging upbringing, he was able to graduate with top honors from law school, and has since dedicated much of his legal career to marginalized communities.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association: Well Qualified; QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association: Qualified