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Washington 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Redistricting

    Advisory SJR 8210: Advancement of Date for Completion of Redistricting Plan

    Senate Joint Resolution 8210 concerns the deadline for completing state legislative and congressional redistricting. The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on the deadline for completing state legislative and congressional redistricting. This amendment would require the state redistricting commission to complete redistricting for state legislative and congressional districts by November 15 of each year ending in a one, 46 days earlier than currently required.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,743,28677.6 %
    No504,51622.4 %
    Health | Insurance | Tax & Revenue

    Advisory Vote 14: Insurance Premium Tax Extension

    The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the insurance premium tax to some insurance for stand-alone family dental plans, costing an indeterminate amount in the first ten years, for government spending.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes704,02430.9 %
    No1,572,62269.1 %
    Energy & Electric Utilities | Tax & Revenue | Transportation

    Advisory Vote 15: Limitaions on Clean-Energy Tax Exemptions

    The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, certain limitations on the retail sales and use tax exemptions for clean alternative-fuel vehicles, costing $2,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes903,26739.9 %
    No1,359,45660.1 %
    Energy & Electric Utilities | Environmental Protection | Tax & Revenue

    Initiative 732: Carbon Emission Tax

    Imposes a carbon emission tax on the sale or use of certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, at $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2017, and increasing gradually to $100 per metric ton (2016 dollars adjusted for inflation), with more gradual phase-in for some users. It would reduce the sales tax rate by one percentage point over two years, increase a low-income sales tax exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes974,66440.7 %
    No1,418,16759.3 %
    Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance

    Initiative 735: Restoring the Voice of We the People

    Urges the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment clarifying that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations; that spending money is not free speech under the First Amendment; that governments are fully empowered to regulate political contributions and expenditures to prevent undue influence; and that political contributions and expenditures must be promptly disclosed to the public.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,488,08263.0 %
    No874,50737.0 %
    Business & Commerce | Labor & Employment

    Initiative 1433: Fair Labor Standards

    Increases the state hourly minimum wage for employees who are at least 18 to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020. The measure would require employers to provide paid sick leave starting in 2018 that employees could use in certain circumstances, including to care for family members (as defined); make the Minimum Wage Act and this measure apply to individual care providers; and adopt related laws.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes1,436,77658.0 %
    No1,040,08742.0 %
    Ethics/Lobbying/Campaign Finance | Tax & Revenue

    Initiative 1464: State-Provided Campaign Finance System Funded by Imposing a Non-Resident Sales Tax

    Creates a campaign-finance system; allows residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeals the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restricts lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and adds enforcement requirements.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes %
    No %
    Criminal Justice | Health | Human Services

    Initiative 1491: Extreme Risk Protection Orders

    Allows police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes %
    No %
    Criminal Justice | Human Services

    Initiative 1501: Seniors and Vulnerable Individuals' Safety and Financial Crimes Prevention Act

    Increases penalties for criminal identity theft and civil penalties for consumer fraud when persons over sixty-five or vulnerable individuals are targeted. It would exempt certain information, including names, addresses, and other personally identifying information, of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers for vulnerable populations from public disclosure. It would also prohibit the state and state agencies from releasing certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers of vulnerable populations except in limited situations.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes %
    No %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President and Vice President Of The United States -
    Governor - Washington will hold an election for governor on November 8, 2016.
    Lieutenant - Washington will hold an election for lieutenant governor on November 8, 2016,
    Ottorney - Washington will hold an election for attorney general on November 8, 2016
    Secretary - Washington will hold an election for secretary of state on November 8, 2016.
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 98 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    State Senate - A total of 26 seats out of the chamber's 49 seats are up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect 10 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 10 congressional districts.
    US Senate - Voters in Washington will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Judicial Branch
    State Judges - Nine seats on Washington's state-level courts are up for election on November 8, 2016
    Local Judges - 28 contested seats and 170 uncontested seats.
    Candidates
    Washington Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    Washington is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for president can file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state no later than 18 days before the general election. This form must be accompanied by the requisite filing fee. Write-in votes cast for any candidates who fail to file this form will only be counted if the voter indicates "the office sought or position number, if the manner in which the write-in is done does not make the office or position clear.

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    Washington Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(98)
    (50)(48)
    State Senators(49)
    (25)(24)
    US Representatives(10)
    (6)(4)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    UPCOMING DATES
    August 1, 2017
    Washington : PRIMARY Election
    November 7, 2017
    Washington : General Election
    November 6, 2018
    Washington : General Election Day