Most of the local dramas In the run-up to this year’s primaries, the question was how exactly we should choose our officers. In November, voters will weigh ranked voting and consent voting methods that could ultimately render our current system of first two primary elections obsolete.
But that’s a debate for later. On that first ballot, which has to be returned by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, we’re still voting the old-fashioned way, gushing once for each race and waiting to see which two candidates will advance to the halftime showdowns.
The time to mail ballots has expired under King County Elections. At this late stage of the game – we melted, didn’t hesitate – your best bet is to put them in one of those dropboxes. Don’t worry about a fake “surveillance” campaign (but maybe wear something nice just in case, if only to make up for our lack of “I voted” stickers).
At the first major local vote since the overthrow Roe v. calf, Positions on reproductive freedom revitalize two races in Washington with national implications. Abortion rights champion Patty Murray is up against pro-life advocate Tiffany Smiley and many, many others vying for their US Senate seat. Meanwhile, Rep. Kim Schrier, a Democrat, is trying to fend off anti-abortionists in a swing neighborhood.
Seattle residents will not be able to influence this vote in central Washington. But our congressmen, Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith, are back on the ballot as every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs this cycle.
Where locals can make the biggest difference is perhaps this elementary school in Olympia. The verdict on roe was a reminder that Washington’s protections against abortion are only as strong as the choices its constituents make for the state legislature. A recent spate of progressive exits have left gaps in the Senate and House of Representatives that need to be filled. Also of note: The foreign minister race could produce the first Democratic winner in 60 years.
For those who want to dive deep, cross-section has a comprehensive overview of each candidate running for a seat. Do you have any other last minute questions? Visit the King County Elections website or an election center. she have air conditioning.