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  • All candidates for Lake Washington School District School Board District 5 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

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    Both of the candidates running in the Nov. 7, 2023, general election for Lake Washington School District School Board District 5 — Janel Schermerhorn (nonpartisan) and Lindsey Yocum  (nonpartisan) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. Here are the candidates’…

  • Six candidates running for three seats on the Richland School Board in Washington

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    Six candidates are running in the nonpartisan general election for Richland School District school board in Washington on Nov. 7, 2023. Three districts are up for regular election: Position 3, Position 4, and Position 5. The district had approximately 14,100 students during the 2022-2023 school year and is located in Benton County, Washington. Voters recalled…

  • No signatures submitted for Washington initiatives by July 7 deadline

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    The signature submission deadline for Initiatives to the People (ITP)—which is the name of direct ballot initiatives in Washington—passed on July 7, 2023. No campaigns submitted signatures. To qualify for the ballot, proponents would have needed to submit 324,516 valid signatures. A total of 70 ITPs were filed by five sponsors. The filed initiatives concerned…

  • Washington and Wisconsin enact laws limiting advisory questions on ballots

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    Washington and Wisconsin passed bills during their 2023 legislative sessions that limited non-binding questions, also known as advisory questions or advisory votes, on election ballots. These two bills are among 349 legislative proposals introduced in 2023 that concern topics related to direct democracy, including ballot measures, initiatives, veto referendums, referrals, local ballot measures, and recall…

  • Absentee/mail-in ballot request deadlines, 2023

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    Eight states—Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington—are holding statewide elections this year. Absentee/mail-in voting is voting that does not happen in person on Election Day but instead occurs another way, usually by mail. All states allow for some form of absentee/mail-in voting. Some states require voters to provide a valid excuse…

  • Voters in Seattle approve Initiative 135, creating the Social Housing Developer

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    On Feb. 14, voters in Seattle, Washington, approved Initiative 135, a citizen-initiated measure to create the Seattle Social Housing Developer, a public development organization that will own, develop, and maintain what the initiative describes as social housing. As of Feb. 21, election results showed the initiative received 57.1% of the vote. According to Initiative 135,…

  • Seattle to decide on Social Housing Developer initiative on Feb. 14

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    On Feb. 14, Seattle voters will decide on Initiative 135, an initiative to create the Seattle Social Housing Developer, a public development authority to own, develop, and maintain what the initiative describes as social housing. According to Initiative 135, this housing would provide publicly financed apartments that are “removed from market forces and speculation” and…

  • No signatures submitted for Washington Initiatives to the Legislature by Dec. 30 deadline

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    The deadline to submit signatures for Initiatives to the Legislature in Washington (ITL) was Dec. 30, 2022. Initiatives to the Legislature is the name of indirect ballot initiatives in Washington. The Washington Secretary of State’s office confirmed to Ballotpedia on January 3 that signatures were not submitted for any of the 179 filed initiatives. If…

  • Richland school board enacts new policy on race in U.S. history lessons

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    The Richland School Board in Washington state, which governs the 583rd largest school district in the country with 14,221 students, voted 4-1 on October 25, 2022, to adopt Policy 2360, which specifies how teachers can discuss race in U.S. history lessons. It is one of several recent responses to trends in curriculum development tracked on Ballotpedia.…

  • All candidates for Northeast Division judge of King County District Court in Washington complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

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    Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Northeast Division judge of King County District Court in Washington — incumbent Michael Finkle and Joshua Schaer — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.  According…