Voting in Washington State for the November 3 general election is under way! Now is the time for voters to visit VoteWA.gov, where they can check their voter registration, register to vote if necessary, and track their ballot. Next step: Vote!
The League of Women Voters has freely available tools for voters to use in making their voting decisions. On LWVWA.org, voters can access the following tools:
Downloadable debates between candidates running for statewide offices: commissioner of public lands; lieutenant governor; secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, and treasurer. Voters can view the debates online at their convenience, hear what the candidates have to say for themselves, and decide which candidate they want for the job.
A downloadable video presenting the pros and cons of Referendum 90 regarding sexual health education in schools is also available.
Simplified ballot measure summaries in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Voters can get a quick look at what the ballot issues are all about. These brief summaries offer pro and con information on Referendum 90 and SJR 8212 and background on the advisory measures. Don’t be confused. Take a look!
Videos on how to vote and other important election information. First-time voters can find the mechanics of voting overwhelming and wonder about some of the details.
A link to VOTE411.org, the League’s voter guide and much more. This site, available to all voters in the United States, offers personalized voting information—voters simply enter their address to see what’s on their specific ballot. The site also features candidate answers to local League questions, simplified ballot measure summaries, and voting rules for each state in both English and Spanish. If a candidate hasn’t answered any questions, voters are encouraged to contact the candidate’s campaign for those answers.
Links to other important voting information, including League of Women Voters forums in communities across the state, primary forums for statewide races, and fun handouts for kids.
League President Lunell Haught reminds voters to make a voting plan and vote early.
“Having a plan is the best way to make sure your voice is heard this election. Will you drop your ballot at a drop box, or are you planning to mail it? If mailing your ballot, make sure to leave enough time for it to be picked up and postmarked. In some rural areas of the state, this can be an issue. Better yet, vote early!”
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.