Election 2019 | KNKX

Election 2019

Seattle City Council incumbent Kshama Sawant speaks Tuesday at an election night party with her supporters.
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KNKX Public Radio is fanning out across the region for 2019 general election coverage. They’re your eyes and ears on the ground, talking with candidates and voters regarding results and reaction. Check back for updates as this coverage develops tonight and in the coming days. If you haven’t already, catch up on our latest election coverage

The 2019 general election is tomorrow. Even if you aren’t registered, it’s not too late to get your vote in.

For the first time, Washington state will let voters register the same day as the election at each of the 39 election offices throughout the state. Some counties are debuting voting centers. In King County, voting centers are located in public buildings with trained staff to assist voters who need help or who need to register.

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Weeks after thousands of young people stormed the streets to demand more action on climate change, the issue is shaping campaigns across the nation.

That wave is rippling through two races in Western Washington — and big money is flowing in, both for and against candidates who are outspoken about the need to rein in use of fossil fuels.

Washington state ferries are docked on the north end of Vashon Island, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, near Seattle. There's no hospital or urgent care clinic on Vashon and the one primary care clinic is having trouble meeting making ends meet.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

On Vashon Island, voters are deciding whether to create a special hospital district. It wouldn’t be used to build an actual hospital, but rather to subsidize a primary care clinic on the island and possibly bring other health care services there. Like other rural areas, Vashon Island struggles to provide basic health care. 

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Seven of the nine Seattle City Council positions are up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election. Amazon recently donated $1 million to the political action committee for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to promote candidates seen as more business friendly.

A sign directing people to vehicle licensing and registration in Bellevue
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Washington voters are once again seeing an initiative on their ballot that aims to lower the cost of car tabs. Initiative 976 seeks to repeal state and local car-tab fees to bring them to a flat $30. The initiative also directly targets Sound Transit.

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A first-time candidate is giving a longtime Tacoma School Board director a run for her money, with the backing of the statewide teacher’s union.

In this April 18 file photo, former Washington governors (from left) Dan Evans, Chris Gregoire, and Gary Locke sit together before testifying in favor of Initiative 1000 before a joint Washington state House and Senate committee in Olympia.
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In 1998, Washington voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 200, which effectively ended affirmative action in the state.

Now, 21 years later, voters in the Nov. 5 general election will once again have a chance to weigh in on the issue. The vote will test whether attitudes about affirmative action have changed over the past two decades.

In this photo taken Oct. 24, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. Initiative 976 is shown on a Pierce County general election ballot.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Just 21 percent of Pierce County voters cast a ballot in the recent primary, a level of turnout some officials have called "disappointing."

A new service could help boost participation.

Candidates for Olympia mayor, Nathaniel Jones and Cheryl Selby, speak to voters at a forum on Oct. 17, 2019, at Garfield Elementary School.
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Homelessness is at the top of many voters’ minds across the Puget Sound region heading into the Nov. 5 general election.

A few years ago, frustration around the issue might have been contained in Seattle — where nearly two-thirds of residents disapprove of the response by Washington’s largest city, according to a recent poll by Crosscut and Elway.

An election worker stacks ballots into a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Renton.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Washington’s 18-day voting period begins Friday. That means ballots will start appearing in mailboxes and voters will have some decisions to make. KNKX is preparing a special election series to inform you as you fill out those mail-in ballots.

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As voters fill out their ballots for Tuesday’s primary, they’ll be choosing who will fill four seats on port commissions in the region — two each in Seattle and Tacoma.

Seattle Public Library Green Lake branch, seen on Oct. 10, 2018.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Seattle voters will decide whether to renew a seven-year library levy in the Aug. 6 primary election. The $219 million property tax measure is $100 million more than the one approved in 2012.

Rattlesnake Mountain in the Issaquah Alps is a popular destination for hikers. The King County Parks levy would pay for improvements to the parking lot at the trailhead.
David de Graaf

King County maintains 175 miles of hiking trails, including in the popular Issaquah Alps. Money to keep up the trails, as well as the county's 200 parks and thousands of miles of open space, comes from a property tax levy. King County voters will decide whether to renew the six-year levy in the Aug. 6 primary election.