2015 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.
Initiative 1366, the Taxpayer Protection Act. This statewide initiative would enact a one-percentage point reduction in the state sales tax, unless lawmakers send a constitutional amendment requiring a supermajority vote in the legislature to increase taxes to the voters.
Read our Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1366.
Initiative 1401, trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction. This statewide measure would toughen penalties for trafficking certain animal species defined in the initiative as “covered animal species” and make unlawful the act of selling, offering to sell, purchasing, trading, bartering for or distributing any covered animal species or product.
Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1401 coming soon.
Spokane’s Proposition 1: The Worker Bill of Rights. Spokane citizens will vote on an initiative filed by Envision Spokane, to amend the City of Spokane charter to include a “Worker Bill of Rights” which would impose a broad set of new labor mandates on public and private employers in Spokane.
Read our Spokane's Proposition 1.
Move Seattle, the special levy for transportation. Seattle city officials have introduced a nine-year, $930 million property tax levy, to expand the expiring Bridging the Gap program, to go to Seattle voters. The new, nine-year levy would nearly triple the tax burden of the levy it would replace, and is the most expensive Seattle property tax levy ever proposed.
Read our Citizens' Guide to Move Seattle.
Snohomish County’s Community Transit Proposition 1. Voters in the Transportation Benefit District (urban and suburban areas of Snohomish County outside of Everett) will vote on a 0.3 percent sales tax increase measure put forth by Community Transit. This tax would be used to fund operating, maintenance and capital improvements to the existing system.
Citizens' Guide to Snohomish County's Community Transit Proposition 1 coming soon.
Tacoma Initiatives 1 and 1B: Increasing the minimum wage. Citizens in Tacoma will vote on two different measures to increase the city’s minimum wage. Initiative 1 would increase it to $15 an hour for most employers, effective immediately. Initiative 1B would increase it to $12 an hour for all employers, phased in over three years. Alternatively, voters will also be able to reject both measures.
Citizens' Guide to Tacoma Initiatives 1 and 1B coming soon.
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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