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Update: 2016 Ballot Measures

Friday, July 8 was the deadline to place an initiative on the general election ballot. Four Initiatives to the People were filed and will potentially be on the general election ballot in November; the Secretary of State will certify initiatives for the ballot by August 19.

There are already five issues that have qualified for the ballot. Ballot titles are not yet available for two advisory votes and one constitutional amendment, according to the Washington Secretary of State.

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2016 Presidential Primary gets Legislative green light

The Washington State Legislature has allocated $11,497,000 for a presidential primary in 2016 (SB 6052, page 14). The Legislature passed on a primary in 2012 due to budget concerns.


The default date in state lawis May 23, 2016. Secretary of State Kim Wyman proposed March 8, but that proposal did not pass.


The state Democratic party will use its caucus system to select delegates. The state Republican party will select half of its conference delegates by caucus and half by primary vote.


Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan – but is he enough to win?

Paul Ryan (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of State)


By now we all know Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his VP running mate. Will Ryan help get the GOP to where they need to be come voting time though? This UW Election Eye article makes the case for why Romney should have selected Condoleezza Rice if he wanted to win.

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