Ballots have been mailed out and voting has started in Washington state! Key dates to keep in mind:
We’ve gotten a lot of reports that Facebook is taking down links to a site with county-by-county lists of ballots that have signature mismatches. The Secretary of State describes this site as “unverified voting information” and “misinformation”, and so it looks like Facebook is removing posts that mention it.
Still, it’s a very good reminder that 1–2% of ballots in Washington state have missing or mismatched signatures. The good news is that you can almost always “cure” your ballot if there’s a problem — usually just by filing a form.
So please check your ballot’s status— and please encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Almost 50% of Washington voters have already returned their ballots — and there’s still a week to go until the 8 p.m. deadline on November 3! But there’s one more step to take after you vote: checking to see that your ballot has been received and accepted.
Start by filling in your first name, last name, and date of birth. Then click the Submit button. [If the system doesn’t find you, double-check your information. Your name and middle initial need to be exactly as it appears on your driver’s license, state ID card, or voter registration; and your birthdate needs to be in month/day/year format. …
Update, October 26: the ballot box is back open again
The ballot drop box at the Mill Creek post office will be unavailable until early next week after being hit by a truck. Eric Stevitz has details in the Everett Herald:
The Mill Creek ballot drop box is temporarily closed after the Friday incident, said Garth Fell, the Snohomish County Auditor whose office oversees elections. It also was was hit in September.
The box was struck by a truck, which dislodged it from its footings and bent the metal. All ballots remained safely inside the box and were not compromised, Fell said. …
If you haven’t received your ballot — or you got it, but lost it or spilled something on it — you can get a replacement two ways:
The Secretary of State has contact information and links to the websites for all the county election offices. If you run into problems, call your county election office.
Here’s the instructions on how to print out a replacement ballot using VoteWA.gov. …
People who are houseless have the right to vote, but face practical obstacles when trying to do so. Understanding these obstacles is key to securing voting rights for the houseless here in Washington.
Washingtonians must provide both their residential and mailing address on their voter registration form. For the houseless, these two addresses are likely to be different. For a houseless person, their residence might be a street corner, park, shelter or other identifiable location where the person typically stays at night.
A houseless person’s mailing address may be any place where the person can pick up their mail. It can be a shelter, friend or relative’s house or other location willing to accept mail for that person. Or it can be a post office box or even general delivery at a local post office. A person’s mailing address need not be in the same precinct as the person’s residential address. …
What should we do when we see disinformation? How to combat digital voter suppression techniques like false voting information or propaganda discouraging people from voting?
Thanks to Shireen Mitchell of Stop Online Violence Against Women for the fast-paced training session on responding to disinfo and digital voter suppression. Here’s the video.
Here’s some of the highlights.
Here’s the video from last Thursday’s Positively R-90 event, featuring speakers from the Approve R-90 campaign and Indivisibles discussing how we can support this critical referendum on age-appropriate, inclusive K-12 comprehensive sexual health education. The slides are available here.
Thanks to Joseph Lachman, Lillian Lanier, Annie Forsman-Adams, Larry Behrendt, and Katherine Cleland for the excellent presentations — and thanks to Washington Indivisible Network for co-hosting!
A yes vote on Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) to K-12 students. R-90 will support safe and healthy youth in Washington state.
Indivisible Plus Washington supports R-90 for multiple reasons:
Many thanks to Shireen Mitchell for leading a great discussion of disinformation and digital voter suppression! Thanks as well to everybody who joined us and contributed to the excellent discussion, and to Washington Indivisible Network for co-sponsoring.
The slides are available here. There’s also a lot more information about disinfo and digital voter suppression in Shireen’s earlier Fighting Back webinar, and the backgrounder we put together.
Some next steps: