2014 Election Resources

Ballot initiatives allow voters, rather than the legislature, to enact new laws by a simple majority vote. Initiatives that pass become law without the governor's signature

Your ballot arriving in the mail means you’ll soon begin the election ritual of analyzing and deciding on numerous ballot measures. Before you vote, be sure to read our valuable Citizens’ Guides to this year’s major statewide measures, as well as important ballot propositions in SeaTac, Seattle and Yakima.

Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 517. To change Washington’s Initiative and Referendum process. This initiative would increase the time period for gathering signatures, require that proposals with enough valid signatures proceed to the ballot, change the penalties for interfering with signature gathering and increase the number of locations, both public and private, where signature gathering can occur.
Read our Citizens' Guide to Initiative 517.

Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 522. To require some food “produced using genetic engineering” be labeled. After failing in California in 2012, our state has become the next political battleground in the debate about biotechnology used to enhance food crops, commonly called GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Read our Citizens' Guide to Initiative 522.

Citizens’ Guide to Yakima’s Proposition 1. WPC has long recommended a two-thirds requirement for tax increases and the voters in our state passed the measure by 64 to 36 percent in 2012. However, the Supreme Court overturned the idea. Since then, the City of Spokane and Pierce County have both adopted the supermajority requirement on a local level. This measure is similar, requiring that five of the seven city councilmembers agree to raise taxes in Yakima. 
Read our Citizens' Guide to Yakima's Proposition 1.

Citizens’ Guide to SeaTac’s Proposition 1. To enact mandated worker benefits in SeaTac. This measure would impose a series of labor mandates, including a high minimum wage and mandatory paid sick leave to certain private businesses within SeaTac. However, the unions that drafted the proposition have exempted themselves from its requirements.
Read our Citizens' Guide to SeaTac's Proposition 1.

Seattle’s Proposition 1. Reject Forced Political Campaign Contributions. This measure would increase taxes to give public money to certain political campaigns in Seattle.
Read our Policy Note on Seattle's Proposition 1. View Seattle's Proposition 1: A Video Primer

Seattle Charter Amendment 19. To provide for District Elections to City Council Positions. This measure would create neighborhood districts for seven of Seattle’s nine council positions and two at-large positions.
Read our Overview of Seattle Charter Amendment 19.

We hope our publications serve as valuable resources to help you understand how this year’s ballot will impact you. Please share them with your family and friends as they review their ballots.

WPC's Paul Guppy appears on The Seattle Channel's October 25 episode of "City Inside/Out" to discuss Seattle ballot measure. For a complete schedule of the episode when it airs, please visit http://www.seattlechannel.org/CityInsideOut/tvschedule.asp

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