October 9, 2012
Hear from the candidates for offices in Olympia and Washington, D.C., at a candidate forum cosponsored by The Issaquah Press, the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters.
The lineup for the Oct. 18 forum includes candidates for the state House of Representatives and state Senate, plus a candidate to represent Issaquah in Congress. The forum includes candidates in contested and uncontested races.
The event is not a debate. Candidates offer opening statements to the audience and then answer a series of questions from the moderator, Publisher Debbie Berto.
October 5, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 5, 2012
King County Elections is open Saturday to accommodate high volumes of voter registrations and updates to voter registration information.
The elections office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so voters can register and update information in person. Saturday is the deadline for mail-in registrations and updates. Monday is the deadline for online registrations and updates.
Monday is Columbus Day, but the elections office and the Voter Registration Annex, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 311, Seattle, remain open for voters.
The elections office is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The annex is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
September 25, 2012
In the march to Election Day, local and state elections officials encourage residents to register to vote — by mail, online or, in a recent development, on Facebook.
Oct. 6 is the deadline for mail-in registration and updates. Oct. 8 is the deadline for online registration and updates.
Facebook users can like the Secretary of State’s MyVote app in order to register to vote.
More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.
In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.
In Washington, voters do not register by political party or declare political party membership to vote.
September 25, 2012
NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 25, 2012
Election Day is a little more than a month in the future, and voters can still register to vote or update voter registration information.
Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and King County Elections used the observance to encourage people to join the electorate.
“If you haven’t yet registered, today is your opportunity to join thousands of citizens across the country who are honoring our democratic process by registering to vote,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement.
Election Day is Nov. 6, and the elections office plans to send out ballots in mid-October. Voters must postmark or drop off ballots at designated locations by Nov. 6.
September 18, 2012
King County is a hard-fought battleground in the race for governor, and the August primary election results for Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna confirm Issaquah is closely divided, too.
Only 150 votes separated McKenna from Inslee among Issaquah voters last month. In 2004, for comparison, 133 votes statewide decided the contest between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi.
The information comes from a detailed analysis of precinct results in the Aug. 7 election. Elsewhere on the ballot, Issaquah voters endorsed incumbents, and rejected past and present state legislators’ bids for higher office.
September 18, 2012
Data from the Aug. 7 primary shows how Issaquah voters decided — and offers clues to how the local electorate might vote in the November general election.
August 28, 2012
King County turnout in the Aug. 7 primary hit 40 percent, but statewide turnout failed to meet a pre-election forecast.
August 22, 2012
NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 22, 2012
King County turnout in the Aug. 7 primary hit 40 percent, local elections officials reported Tuesday, as statewide turnout failed to meet a pre-election forecast.
In King County, voters returned 443,523 ballots and officials tallied 432,049 ballots. The difference is due to signature problems and ballots returned too late to be counted. Officials certified the election results Tuesday.
“We just certified our 12th consecutive election without discrepancies,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement.
Local elections administrators noted a reduction in the number of challenged signatures of almost 45 percent. Officials attributed the shift to a celebrity-studded outreach campaign to remind voters to carefully follow ballot instructions.
August 14, 2012
King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility to replace the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.
The property tax measure, Proposition 1, appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.
August 14, 2012
The group responsible for monitoring local elections needs Chinese-speaking and Vietnamese-speaking representatives.
King County leaders put out a call for the openings on the Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee — the watchdog group created to ensure elections follow proper procedures.
Learn more about qualifications for the position and find the application at www.kingcounty.gov/council/issues/CEOC/application.
King County Council members created the Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee in 2003 to oversee elections and improve performance and accountability at the then-King County Elections Division.
The council made the oversight group permanent in 2006, after the contentious 2004 contest for governor between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi. Overall, committee members have offered more than 180 recommendations to improve local elections.