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  • 33% of Washington state legislative incumbents face contested top-two primaries

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    Thirty-one of the 95 Washington state legislators who filed for re-election—22 Democrats and nine Republicans—will face contested primaries on Aug. 2. This represents 33% of incumbents who filed for re-election, lower than in 2020 but a higher rate than other recent election cycles. Washington is one of three states holding top-two state legislative primaries this…

  • There are no open U.S. House seats in Washington for the first time in a decade

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    The filing deadline for candidates running for the U.S. House in Washington was May 20, 2022. This year, 68 candidates are running in Washington’s 10 U.S. House districts, including 37 Republicans, 19 Democrats, seven independents, and five third-party candidates. That’s 6.8 candidates per district, fewer than the 7.3 candidates in 2020, and more than the…

  • Washington enacts new legislative districts

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    Washington enacted new legislative districts on Feb. 8 when the Washington State Senate approved an amended version of a map proposal drafted by the Washington State Redistricting Commission. The maps will take effect for Washington’s 2022 state legislative elections. Washington’s four redistricting commissioners each released their proposed state legislative maps on Sept. 21, 2021. The…

  • Washington enacts new congressional districts

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    Washington enacted new congressional districts on Feb. 8 when the Washington State Senate approved an amended version of a map proposal drafted by the Washington State Redistricting Commission. Washington was apportioned 10 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 census, the same number it received after the 2010 census. This map will…

  • Signature deadline for Washington 2022 Initiatives to the Legislature passes with no campaigns submitting signatures

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    The signature deadline for 2022 Washington Initiatives to the Legislature (ITL) was December 30, 2021. For an ITL to be taken up by the Washington State Legislature and potentially put on the ballot in 2022, proponents needed to submit 324,516 valid signatures. Citizens of Washington may initiate legislation as either a direct state statute—called Initiative…

  • Redistricting timeline update: South Carolina legislature announces special sessions, Washington Supreme Court assumes redistricting authority

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    Here’s a summary of recent redistricting updates from South Carolina and Washington. South Carolina: On Nov. 18, 2021, Senate President Harvey Peeler (R) said senators will meet on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. in a special session to address redistricting. House Speaker Jay Lucas (R) also announced a special session for the South Carolina House…

  • Seattle votes on Sawant recall Dec. 7

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    On Dec. 7, Seattle voters will decide whether to recall District 3 City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.  Recall petitioners allege three grounds for recall against Sawant: misusing city funds for electioneering purposes, disregarding regulations related to COVID-19, and misusing her official position. Sawant responded that the recall effort was politically motivated and asked a state superior…

  • Seattle mayoral, city council races decided

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    Bruce Harrell won the election for mayor of Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 2. Incumbent Teresa Mosqueda was re-elected to at-large city council position 8, and Sara Nelson won the at-large position 9 council seat. The following results were reported as of Nov. 4. Mail ballots were still being counted. Bruce Harrell: 62%/Lorena González: 38% Teresa…

  • Meet the 2021 Forks mayoral candidates

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    The city of Forks, in Clallam County, Wash., is holding municipal elections on Nov. 2, 2021. The mayor’s office is one of those seats up for election. The mayor serves a four-year term alongside five city council members. Candidates submitted statements to the Washington Secretary of State when they filed a Declaration of Candidacy for…

  • Meet the 2021 Sequim City Council candidates

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    Sequim, in Clallam County, Wash., is holding municipal elections on Nov. 2, 2021. Five city council seats are up for election this year. In total, the Sequim City Council is composed of seven members who serve four-year terms. Candidates submitted statements to the Washington Secretary of State when they filed a Declaration of Candidacy for…