voting http://kplu.org en Ahead Of Special Elections, In-Person Registration For New Voters Ends Today http://kplu.org/post/ahead-special-elections-person-registration-new-voters-ends-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Time is running out for new voters who want to register in time for special elections on April 22</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In-person registration will be accepted until the end of the day today.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among the biggest contests is a King County question about raising vehicle registration fees to fund bus service. If the measure doesn't pass, King County Metro will face cuts. </span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 15942 at http://kplu.org Ahead Of Special Elections, In-Person Registration For New Voters Ends Today Protips: 3 Things to Remember When Voting http://kplu.org/post/protips-3-things-remember-when-voting <p>Some advice from Sherril Huff, the director of King County's Department of Elections:</p><p><strong>Protip No. 1:</strong> "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Make sure you look at both sides because often, people think it’s all on the front side of the ballot.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In busy election years, some races and questions get printed on the back of the ballot. Use only black ink.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:40:00 +0000 Ed Ronco 10597 at http://kplu.org Bill would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote in Washington http://kplu.org/post/bill-would-allow-16-year-olds-pre-register-vote-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington 16 and 17-year-olds could preregister to vote while getting their first driver&rsquo;s license under a bill in Olympia. That idea got a hearing Thursday. But those teens still won&rsquo;t be able to vote until they turn 18.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:25:21 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 3709 at http://kplu.org Time is running out to register for the August primary http://kplu.org/post/time-running-out-register-august-primary <p>Are you registered to vote? The deadline for the August 16 primary is fast approaching.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:21:44 +0000 Dave Meyer 2105 at http://kplu.org Time is running out to register for the August primary Washington leads nation in voting access for young people http://kplu.org/post/washington-leads-nation-voting-access-young-people <p>Young people have an easier time voting in Washington State than anywhere else in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a survey by Rock the Vote, a group that encourages youth to participate in the political process.</p><p>It found many state laws mesh with the needs of young voters, but there&rsquo;s still room for improvement.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:36:36 +0000 Charla Bear 1880 at http://kplu.org Washington leads nation in voting access for young people Washington could become all vote-by-mail state http://kplu.org/post/washington-could-become-all-vote-mail-state <p>Washington would become an all vote-by-mail state <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1002.pdf">under a bill being considered</a> by a State Senate committee.</p><p>Pierce County is the last in the state that still allows polling places and some of the county’s voters want to keep it that way.</p><p>Lakewood resident Erika Cranmer testified that she has not missed an election since she became an American citizen in 1951. The German native told lawmakers she does not trust vote-by-mail:</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:06:40 +0000 Brianna Butterfield & KPLU News Staff 575 at http://kplu.org Washington could become all vote-by-mail state Despite ruling, political parties continue fight against top-two primary http://kplu.org/post/despite-ruling-political-parties-continue-fight-against-top-two-primary <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px;">Washington's major political parties are indicating they'll press on with their battle to overturn the state's top-two primary. This despite yet another court ruling Tuesday upholding the voter-approved primary system.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">A federal district judge in Seattle ruled voters are not confused when they see the words "prefers Republican party" or "prefers Democratic party" next to a candidate’s name on the ballot.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:30:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 522 at http://kplu.org Woman's right to vote in Washington turns 100 http://kplu.org/post/womans-right-vote-washington-turns-100 <p>Today marks the 100th anniversary of a woman&#39;s right to vote in Washington State.&nbsp; A day-long series of events is planned for&nbsp; Olympia. The Washington State Historical Socety and the Women&rsquo;s History Consortium have teamed up with&nbsp; Secretary of State Sam Reed and the Interagency Committee for State Employed Women (ICSEW)<a href="http://www.washingtonwomenshistory.org/"> on a full day of commemorative moments </a>at the Temple of Justice (home of the State Supreme Court), the Capitol Building and Legislative buildings.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 11:20:02 +0000 Paula Wissel 107 at http://kplu.org Woman's right to vote in Washington turns 100 E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal http://kplu.org/post/e-tools-election-day-state-gets-personal <p>Election geeks take note: we've reached a new level of high-tech politics in Washington. Secretary of State Sam Reed is offering a palette of e-tools for your election day fun.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:41:33 +0000 Gary Davis 91 at http://kplu.org E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal