Election 2014: No minimum-wage referendum on November ballot; meantime, 2 weeks left to cast your August vote

July 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 5 Comments

checkbox.jpgTwo election-related notes tonight:

First, King County Elections announced today that both proposed referendum measures related to the Seattle minimum-wage law have failed to make the ballot. 16,510 valid signatures were needed to make the ballot; the petitions by a group called Forward Seattle had 14,818, while another petition drive, by (corrected) Save Our Choice, had fewer than 500 valid signatures.

Second, ballots are due in two weeks for the August 5th election. Yours should have arrived by now – check with the county if you haven’t received it. It’s not just a primary – there is one major ballot measure, the proposal to create a Seattle Park District with permanent taxing authority for city-parks funding beyond the annual general-fund spending. The most recent forum on the measure in our area was at July’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting; here’s our coverage.

P.S. If you don’t want to spend postage money to send in your ballot, there are other options, including ballot-dropoff vans in West Seattle and White Center on August 2nd, 4th, and 5th.


  1. WSB, thank you for always promoting our right to vote. No matter what people vote for, it’s important to exercise our right to vote.

    Comment by Mike — 8:51 pm July 22, 2014 #

  2. Totally agree … registered the second I turned 18. There certainly are a lot of things affecting us that did not ever go to a popular vote … but all things that do, are still decided by only a fraction of those eligible … maybe half of those who are eligible to vote are registered … and it’s considered a decent turnout if half of those registered voters cast ballots … and all it takes is half of THAT half to decide an issue or race … so each vote counts more than most realize. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:55 pm July 22, 2014 #

  3. WSB, thanks for the link to the drop-off and van sites. On my way to a drop-off now!

    Comment by ocean — 9:56 am July 23, 2014 #

  4. Hopefully folks are as tired as I am paying more taxes so the city can just spend more of our money as inefficiently as they already do. Vote NO on “the proposal to create a Seattle Park District with permanent taxing authority for city-parks funding”

    Comment by 4thGenWS — 11:28 am July 23, 2014 #

  5. 4thGenWS…evidence please.

    Comment by tonenotvolume — 3:30 pm July 23, 2014 #

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