Elections

Bipartisan Thinking on Voter Registration Is Welcome

Automatic voter registration is a new idea — and a good one where it can work. The states of Oregon and California have gone that route recently. They automatically register non-voters at the time they are given driver licenses. In Washington, it’s a lot trickier to create a streamlined voter-registration system using driver licensing. Not to be stymied by this difficulty, Secretary of State Kim Wyman, state Sen. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Sam Hunt have teamed up to see if there is another way to boost voter registration.

Nationally 2016 Should Feature the Most Diverse Electorate in American History

Overall, the number of eligible voters will grow by about 5 percent — but the number of eligible white voters will grow only 2 percent, compared to a 6 percent jump in the number of black eligible voters and a 17 percent jump in the number of eligible Hispanic voters. As a raw total, the 2016 election will see more eligible Hispanic voters added than eligible white voters, 4 million to 3.2 million.

Press Talk: Why did Benton go down?

Whether or not you believe government unions are too powerful, a conservative Republican who gets on the wrong side of the Freedom Foundation is in for a difficult slog. Benton might have been able to survive this if his career hadn’t been filled with lowlights. When Benton saw that blog post, he knew it was time.

State Attorney General’s Office: District Elections Sometimes Permissible, But Legislature Should Act

Cities in Washington have the authority to hold council elections by district, but only if evidence shows it’s necessary to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday. The opinion comes as several Eastern Washington cities with large ethnic minority populations consider changing their election systems in light of a costly voting rights lawsuit in Yakima.

WAmend’s Initiative 735 Certified to the 2016 Legislature, Ballot

WAmend’s Initiative 735 — which would put Washington State on record in support of a federal constitutional amendment to end the legal fiction that corporations are people and money is speech — has been certified as an initiative to the 2016 Legislature, Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office announced Tuesday morning.

Trump’s Plan to Randomly Shoot People Lacks Details, Random Shooters Say

Although many random shooters have been in the Trump camp thus far, the candidate’s vague random-shooting “plan” is now giving them pause. “Donald Trump made it sound like a random shooting is just the easiest thing in the world, ”one said. “At the end of the day, random shooters find that hurtful.”

State Voting Rights Act: Cash Cow For Attorneys or Meaningful Reform?

Despite the ACLU’s insistence that Washingotn’s Voting Rights Act provides an alternative to litigation, some believe that it not only opens the door for litigation but intentionally incentivizes it. . In fact, there seems to be even more disagreement on whether California’s law has led to more lawsuits, or settlements of proactive solutions by local government entities.

Vying for Governor, Bill Bryant Seeks to Expand His Brand

As a Port of Seattle commissioner, Bryant is well known in Westside business and industrial circles, and better known in Eastern Washington’s agricultural world. It’s everyone else that needs an introduction, he says, if he’s to convince them he’s their choice in the 2016 gubernatorial election.