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 Seattle and Spokane.

Citizens’ Guide to Initiative 1351. To reduce class sizes. This initiative is intended to reduce class sizes in public schools by hiring more teachers, administrators and school district support staff. The initiative is sponsored by the teachers' union, the Washington Education Association (WEA). Of the new 25,561 positions, only 7,453 (29%) of new staff hired would be classroom teachers, and the remaining 17,081 (71%) would be support staff and administrators. Read our Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1351.

Citizens’ Guide to Seattle’s Proposition 1. To increase the sales tax and car fees to pay for current bus service in Seattle. This measure would increase annual vehicle registration fees by $60 and authorize up to a 0.1% increase of the sales tax in order to fund Metro Transit service benefitting the City of Seattle. Read our Citizens' Guide to Seattle's Proposition 1.

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.

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