West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle politics http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 2015 ELECTION: Mapping the City Council District 1 vote http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/2015-election-mapping-the-city-council-district-1-vote/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/2015-election-mapping-the-city-council-district-1-vote/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:57:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330249

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Though the City Council District 1 race isn’t officially settled yet, and won’t be until after the recount, now that the election is certified, precinct-by-precinct results are available, and that’s what you see in the map above. It was made by Ben Anderstone, a political consultant with Progressive Strategies NW, who granted our request for permission to republish it here. The tones are green for Shannon Braddock and red for Lisa Herbold, on a graded scale, so that the lightest of each is closest to the almost exactly 50-50 split that the election became on a raw numbers basis. In all, per the final results sheet from the county (page 45), 45 percent of the registered voters in District 1 – West Seattle and South Park – returned their ballots. That’s 27,757 ballots out of 60,991 registered voters; almost 10 percent of them – 2,714 of them did not include a vote in this particular race.

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City Councilmember Lorena González takes office: West Seattleite makes history http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-councilmember-lorena-gonzalez-takes-office-west-seattleite-makes-history/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-councilmember-lorena-gonzalez-takes-office-west-seattleite-makes-history/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:17:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330150

(Seattle City Council photo, via Twitter)

Tonight, West Seattle resident Lorena González became the first Seattle City Councilmember to take the oath of office after the certification of the November election. As noted in the city announcement below, her election itself represented a long-overdue first:

Councilmember Lorena González received the Oath of Office, following certification of election results by King County Elections. Before her friends and colleagues and a packed-Council Chambers, González reflected on her election, plans for her forthcoming Council term, and shared what it means to be the first Latina/o to serve the Seattle City Council in a speech clocking-in at less than ten minutes.

(Added Wednesday: Seattle Channel video of ceremony and speech)
“Mayor Murray, Council President Burgess, friends and family, sisters and brothers, I stand before you today with sincere appreciation for the opportunity I have to represent our community in our state’s largest city as the first Latina sworn into the Seattle City Council.”

Citing her experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate, González also acknowledged her service as legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and as a partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, representing workers in wage theft and anti-discrimination cases and representing victims of police misconduct as formative experiences. She also recognized and thanked her parents for “…(believing) the American dream was achievable.”

Born and raised in Washington’s lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, González – who earned her first paycheck at the age of 8 – reminded the audience “…I don’t have the background of a typical politician. Mine is a lived experience rooted in the reality of overcoming poverty and injustice. I am living proof that access to opportunity, coupled with hard work, is a recipe for success. I graduated high school in the face of overwhelming odds. I worked in a food plant, a bank, a retail store, a fast food chain, a day care, and a hotel.”

González conjured memories of picking cherries as a child, spending as many as three hours a day before the start of the school day, and “Often in an environment where I was sprayed with pesticides, or working without access to a bathroom or water…. it’s these formative moments and experiences that inspired me to want to be an advocate, a champion, for those people who I see myself in — even to this day — and especially for those who haven’t had a strong voice in government. They live in the shadows, and I did too – until I saw a path and climbed my way out.“

González went on to outline her intentions to draw on her extensive experience standing up for progressive values and the underrepresented to her work serving the people of Seattle as one of two at-large (citywide) representatives.

In her final moments in Chambers, González turned her attention to future Council colleagues. “My word is my deed,” said González. “I have dedicated my life’s work to defending workers’ rights and will continue this fight – in the name of wage theft on behalf of a cook, or defending men and women against retribution in all its forms. I’ll continue my quest to stand up for dignity in the workplace, and in my work here at city hall on behalf of workers…I will not back down from tackling tough issues or seeking solutions that build a stronger community.”

Born and raised in Central Washington in a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Councilmember González relied on need-based grants and scholarships to attend community college and later Washington State University. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School. González has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation, and Washington State Association for Justice.

Councilmember González won the Position 9 race with 78 percent of the vote. If you’re downtown or able to get there, Councilmember González is having an open house in her new office at City Hall tomorrow morning, 9:30 am-11:30 am

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ELECTION UPDATE: Herbold over Braddock by 39 in ‘final’ count; hand recount required http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-herbold-over-braddock-by-39-in-final-count-hand-recount-to-start-next-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-herbold-over-braddock-by-39-in-final-count-hand-recount-to-start-next-monday/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:52:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330136 4:52 PM: The election is certified but the Seattle City Council District 1 race still isn’t settled. The “final” count has Lisa Herbold over Shannon Braddock by 39 votes, 12,459 to 12,420, and that’s close enough to require a recount by hand. King County Elections says that will start December 3rd and be completed December 7th.

ADDED 5:23 PM: KC Elections has clarified the recount process after announcing two start dates:

The recount process will begin on Monday, Nov. 30 and be completed on Monday, Dec. 7. The first few days of the recount process will involve staff and observer training and ballot sorting in order to obtain the votes specific to this District No. 1 race. Ballots are not stored by district. Actual counting of the ballots is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Dec. 3 and is expected to continue through Friday, Dec. 4 and possibly the morning of Monday, Dec. 7. After the manual hand count and reconciliation is complete the Canvassing Board will meet to certify the recount on Monday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. Final results will be announced by 4:30 p.m. that day.

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ELECTION UPDATE: 36-vote lead for Herbold over Braddock on day before certification http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-36-vote-lead-for-herbold-over-braddock-on-day-before-certification/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-36-vote-lead-for-herbold-over-braddock-on-day-before-certification/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:17:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330042 The recount-bound race for Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) is now a 36-vote contest, as of today’s count:

Lisa Herbold – 12,452 – 49.74%
Shannon Braddock – 12,416 – 49.60%

That’s 7 more votes for Herbold, 3 more for Braddock, since Friday. One final count tomorrow by 4:30 pm (they’ve actually been happening just before 4 pm), and then the election is certified. An official recount decision comes after that. Here are the rules; unless there’s some big burst of ballots before tomorrow – which would be against the recent trend – it would seem this race will wind up within the parameters for a mandatory by-hand recount, at public expense.

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ELECTION UPDATE: New count – Herbold 32 votes ahead of Braddock http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-herbold-32-votes-ahead-of-braddock-for-city-council-district-1/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-herbold-32-votes-ahead-of-braddock-for-city-council-district-1/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:07:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329751 Two more weekdays until the election is certified, and a recount is expected to follow. As of today’s ballot count, Lisa Herbold is now 32 votes ahead of Shannon Braddock for the new Seattle City Council District 1 seat:

Lisa Herbold – 12,445 – 49.74%
Shannon Braddock – 12,413 – 49.61%

It’s the only not-yet-settled race left in this election. The full results list shows 27,733 ballots counted, of 60,991 sent out. (Almost 300 additional ballots came in but have problems such as unverified signatures.) After the initial count on Election Night (November 3rd), Braddock had a 733-vote lead.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Newest count – Herbold 28 votes over Braddock http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-newest-count-has-herbold-at-28-votes-over-braddock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-newest-count-has-herbold-at-28-votes-over-braddock/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:17:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329675 With the election headed for certification next Tuesday – after which a recount will surely follow in the City Council District 1 race – today’s results have Lisa Herbold gaining three more votes over Shannon Braddock:

Lisa Herbold – 12,437 – 49.73%
Shannon Braddock – 12,409 – 49.62%

A few hundred ballots with problems (unverified signatures, for example) are still being dealt with. In all, about 28,000 ballots were turned in by District 1 voters, who number almost 61,000, and that’s a ~45% turnout. You’ll notice by doing the math, more than 2,000 did not vote in this race at all; 164 are tallied as write-ins, though the county doesn’t report whose names were written in.

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ELECTION UPDATE: 11 more ballots in the Seattle City Council District 1 race, now a 25-vote gap http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-11-more-ballots-in-the-seattle-city-council-district-1-race-now-a-25-vote-gap/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-11-more-ballots-in-the-seattle-city-council-district-1-race-now-a-25-vote-gap/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:24:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329588 Eleven more ballots were added to the Seattle City Council District 1 vote totals before today’s results came out a short time ago – five for Shannon Braddock, six for Lisa Herbold, who now is 25 votes ahead:

Lisa Herbold – 12,428 – 49.72%
Shannon Braddock – 12,403 – 49.62%

As noted previously, the election is now down to ballots that have problems such as signature verification; if that happened to your ballot, there’s still time – until the election is certified next Tuesday – for you to fix it and have your vote count. If you haven’t checked on yours, you can do that here – but this is important: The last message it will give is that your ballot “will be counted.” It will never say “has been counted.” If it says “will be counted,” that means you’ve been verified.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Lisa Herbold still slightly ahead of Shannon Braddock in City Council District 1 race http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-lisa-herbold-still-slightly-ahead-of-shannon-braddock-in-city-council-district-1-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-lisa-herbold-still-slightly-ahead-of-shannon-braddock-in-city-council-district-1-race/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:04:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329349 Almost two weeks after Election Day, the Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) winner isn’t decided yet. The county doesn’t certify the election for eight more days and just went public with another count. It’s the second consecutive count with a lead for Lisa Herbold:

Lisa Herbold – 12,402 – 49.74%
Shannon Braddock – 12,367 – 49.60%

The 35-vote lead is up from Herbold’s 27-vote lead on Friday. The full-results list shows 27,629 votes have been counted in this race; that’s the total number of “ready to count” ballots listed in the county’s last “ballot returns” list, but 373 ballots fewer than the total number received from District 1. The race remains within recount range.

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VIDEO: City Council’s ‘Round 2′ budget decisions, with final vote next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-city-councils-round-2-budget-decisions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-city-councils-round-2-budget-decisions/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:17:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329311

MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The City Council finalized its changes to the mayor’s budget in two sessions this morning and afternoon. Above are the Seattle Channel video clips. Below, our notes on West Seattle-specific items we’ve been tracking during the process.


11:17 AM: Just in case you want to follow along, click the “play” button in the video window above: The City Council is making its “Round 2″ budget decisions today – whether to change the mayor’s original city budget proposal by adding or subtracting items. We previewed some West Seattle-specific ones here when they introduced – including rezoning part of Highland Park, around 16th/Holden, and adding money for West Seattle Bridge Corridor improvements – and those are on the long list of items they’ll be making decisions on; see that list here. We’re monitoring the meeting too and will be adding notes as it goes, even as we continue covering other news.

11:46 AM: The council hasn’t started voting on the list yet but has instead been embroiled in some contentious amendments including adding money to help with the homelessness emergency.

NOON: They’re now starting the list.

12:13 PM: They’ve just voted to include a package of “statements of legislative intent” that include two of the aforementioned West Seattle-related items – proposed Highland Park 16th/Holden (including the ex-substation) rezoning and a “progress report” on West Seattle Bridge Corridor improvements. Coming up later, two more items – #28 is the authorization of selling local ex-substations, #104 authorizes spending $600,000 for some of the proposed WS Bridge Corridor improvements.

12:39 PM: They’ve just approved another group of items that includes authorization for the sale of ex-substations in West Seattle and vicinity, and now they’re in recess until approximately 2:45 pm, when they’ll pick up the list at #41, with the second West Seattle Bridge Corridor item in that group.

3:17 PM: The council is back at it, and the $600,000 West Seattle Bridge Corridor item has just gone by without challenge – and will be part of a package vote to come. This describes what it’s for:

The proposed budget action would allocate $100,000 for further analysis of physical and operational improvements in the Corridor with the expectation that the Executive will provide any additional resources necessary to complete the work activities described below.

1. Evaluate the feasibility and benefit of installing center barrier sections so response vehicles can make U-turns to speed up response time.

2. Evaluate the feasibility and benefit of installing markings and signs to provide on designated emergency lane in each direction to West Seattle Bridge upper roadways for use during emergencies.

3. Coordinate with WSDOT to determine the feasibility of traffic management modifications to improve eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct connections to south and northbound I-5.

4. Evaluate Lower Spokane Street chokepoint relationships to determine if rail, truck and bridge opening blockages can be better coordinated to avoid cumulative impacts.

5. Evaluate better communications protocols for Port of Seattle cooperation with truck queue management and dispersal.

6. Initiate and SDOT/WSDOT Peer Review Team to review traffic operational and safety improvement opportunities on West Seattle Bridge upper and lower roadways and make recommendations.

In addition to the feasibility studies, this green sheet adds $500,000 to install ITS equipment including Bluetooth readers and dynamic message signs along the Corridor between Airport Way South and Port of Seattle Terminals 5 and 18 in order to collect and display real-time travel time information to trucks drivers and other motorists. Traffic signal system improvements at the intersection of Chelan Avenue Southwest and West Marginal Way Southwest could also be included in the project scope.

The council’s final budget vote is scheduled for next Monday, November 23rd.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Lisa Herbold takes the lead over Shannon Braddock in West Seattle/South Park City Council District 1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-lisa-herbold-takes-the-lead-over-shannon-braddock-in-west-seattlesouth-park-city-council-district-1/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-lisa-herbold-takes-the-lead-over-shannon-braddock-in-west-seattlesouth-park-city-council-district-1/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:19:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329043

(WSB photo from Election Night, Lisa Herbold & supporters viewing results. Little did they know they’d still be doing it 10 days later.)

Just in, this week’s last set of election results – and for the first time in the not-yet-settled City Council District 1 race (West Seattle/South Park), Lisa Herbold has taken the lead over Shannon Braddock, by 27 votes.

Lisa Herbold – 12,371 – 49.73%
Shannon Braddock – 12,344 – 49.62%

That’s a turnabout from the 18-vote lead Braddock held after the Thursday count. Today’s full results list shows 27,567 votes have been counted – that’s almost the entire number of “ready to count” votes listed by the county as of last night. At this point, a manual recount seems likely – here are the county’s rules and policies regarding recounts.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Shannon Braddock now 18 votes ahead of Lisa Herbold in City Council District 1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-shannon-braddock-now-18-votes-ahead-of-lisa-herbold-in-city-council-district-1/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-shannon-braddock-now-18-votes-ahead-of-lisa-herbold-in-city-council-district-1/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328936 The newest vote count is just in from King County Elections, nine days after the election, and the City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) race now has Shannon Braddock, who’s led since Election Night, 18 votes ahead of Lisa Herbold:

Shannon Braddock – 12,025 – 49.72%
Lisa Herbold – 12,007 – 49.64%

Braddock’s lead was six votes as of the previous count on Tuesday. Our math shows 1,078 more District 1 ballots were in today’s count, with fewer than 1,000 countable ballots remaining – the full-results list says 26,819 ballots have been counted, out of approximately 27,600 countable ballots received from District 1 voters (with about 400 more deemed not ready to count). Next results by 4:30 pm tomorrow.

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VIDEO: 34th District Democrats review the election, preview the Legislature, and ‘Feel the Bern’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-34th-district-democrats-review-the-election-preview-the-legislature-and-feel-the-bern/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-34th-district-democrats-review-the-election-preview-the-legislature-and-feel-the-bern/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:35:27 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328857 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Voting past, present, and future was what last night’s 34th District Democrats meeting at the The Hall at Fauntleroy was all about.

The present? Some actual voting happened – a presidential straw poll (Democratic, obviously). The results showed a majority of those still in attendance by this stage of the meeting were “Feeling the Bern”:

Bernie Sanders, 39 votes
Hillary Clinton, 26 votes
Undecided, 4 votes
Martin O’Malley, 2 votes

And this segued into future voting, as the organization is already starting work on getting ready for next year’s caucuses. Ted Barker, first vice chair (in photo above with chair Marcee Stone-Vekich), is heading the committee that will choose locations, and said they’re hoping to finalize those by next month.

Now, to the past voting – election recaps, and victory speeches. Here’s our video, starting with King County Executive Dow Constantine:

Constantine gave thanks for the passage of the Best Starts for Kids levy, with 56 percent of the vote. He also noted that “the King County Council will look a little more like King County in January, with the election of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci [who defeated longtime councilmember Jane Hague] … a dynamic, thoughtful public official. She shows everyone that the eastside … these are Democratic jurisdictions … and don’t let anyone tell you (in next year’s Legislative elections) that any of those Eastside Republicans are safe.” (He had told us that on Election Night.) Tonight he celebrates “my 39th birthday for the 16th time” with his annual fundraiser at Kell’s Pub.

Second, Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, speaking to the group for the last time in that role, and expressing thanks for the Seattle Prop 1 transportation levy’s passage. However, he said that this area voted against it, as of a breakdown last Friday – 46% yes, 54% no. He also mentioned two of its named projects, Fauntleroy Boulevard and Lander Street Overcrossing.

Third, School Board member-elect Leslie Harris, saying she will be sworn in at 5 pm December 1st at district HQ (3rd and Lander), all invited. “One of the things I will live and die on is a mentor program,” she said, and promised to seek participation.

Fourth, Burien City Councilmember-elect Austin Bell, who said he was up by two votes on election night: “If anyone ever tells you your vote doesn’t matter, they’re wrong.”

Speaking of close races …

NO DISTRICT 1 CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER … but the six-vote gap between Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold in the District 1 City Council race was mentioned by chair Marcee Stone-Vekich early on, “two truly strong women, excellent, excellent people, proud to know both of them, can’t wait to see how this all turns out.”

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: All three of the 34th District’s state reps spoke. State Sen. Sharon Nelson led off by saying they never got to last year’s wrapup because of the “un-special special sessions.” Here’s our video of the entire update, including extensive Q/A from attendees:

This year’s session is two months away (January 11th). The big question, she says, is whether the Senate Republicans will “bring something serious to the floor” regarding education funding. Sen. Nelson said they hope to get their work done in 60 days and then in the elections, “retake the majority … it’s important … it’s important to the people of this state … the goal (for Republicans) is to get rid of unions in this state or to gut their impact.” She said the Environmental Committee, Republican-controlled, is seeking to gut regulations that protect the environment. And she noted that Sen. Patty Murray is up for re-election. Turnout is key, she said. “We either take it or we go ahead and watch a progressive state turn red, and watch everything we have worked on for decades change.”

34th Dist. State Rep. Eileen Cody also expressed concern about whether education funding would get addressed, and also about the state of Western State Hospital. The length of stay there is 300 days, she said, twice what it is at Eastern State Hospital, so “I’m in the mood for heads to roll.” (If you don’t already know, she is a nurse by profession and leads the Health Care Committee.) Paying attention to the heroin problem is vital too, for the health care and criminal-justice sectors. Cody also expressed hope that the newest Tim Eyman initiative, I-1366, passed in this election, will be “thrown out by the Supreme Court.”

State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon spoke of the Federal Way legislative race, which went to the Republican candidate, and had relatively low turnout. That party has narrowed the majority in the State House to 50 Democrats, 48 Republicans, he noted. “They think they’re coming for us and will pass their agenda next year,” he warned. Higher turnout will be vital. “If we don’t do that … if people (take the Legislature for granted) … we could wind up with a Republican majority in the House and Senate.” Fitzgibbon, whose signature issue is sustainability, also talked about how low gas prices are bringing in less tax money for cleanup programs that he said are now in Republican crosshairs. “They’re going to defund toxic cleanups for their friends in the oil industry.”

Rep. Cody was asked about the changes in medical cannabis rules – now you can grow six plants for yourself “if you’re not on the registry, more if you do go onto the registry … and if you’re going to buy through the stores, you don’t get the tax break if you’re not on the registry.”

Asked what they were most proud of, individual, Sen. Nelson said, “My caucus.” They walked out of a hearing on teachers to which the Republican leadership hadn’t invited the Washington Education Association. Rep. Fitzgibbon said he’s probably “most proud of things I’ve helped stop from happening,” including “big attacks on environmental laws … it’s not always a fair fight because the people who want to weaken these laws have unlimited money. … The attacks are relentless.” Rep. Cody spoke of the Rural Health Care Tour, which “we’ve been doing … for 20 years now.” They went to “critical access hospitals” in central/eastern Washington, and “this is the first time we’ve been to critical access hospitals that they’ve been making a profit. More people are covered, more people are ensured, the community is healthier.”

Other issues brought up – water for eastern Washington agriculture, the Trans Pacific Partnership, the TSA ID concerns. On the latter point, Sen. Nelson said they think they “have about a year to take action” on the latter issue. “We’re trying to at least find a first-step solution on that issue.” After a member concern about integrity among leaders and candidates, Sen. Nelson said they’re working on it but it’s hard. But when she feels despair, she remembers one big victory – same-sex marriage – the final victory after other “watered-down steps … if we can look at the path to get to (a) success eventually, then we as Democrats will have won.” She vowed to keep fighting payday lending, for example, “until the day I leave the Legislature.”

Chair Stone-Vekich wondered, “Can we get to a progressive income tax sometime this century?” Rep. Cody laughed ruefully, “No!” They all acknowledged the tax structure has to be fixed sometime.

The turnout issue came up yet again from an attendee. Rep. Fitzgibbon sounded an optimistic note, pointing out that the state historically has a strong Democratic turnout in presidential years, but the off-years are the problem.

Another attendee said that it would seem to make sense to cover the ballots’ postage cost so that voting isn’t discouraged among people who don’t have stamps. “What actions could you all take in the Legislature to say we’re going to take it to the next level (and) pay for people to return their ballots postage paid?”

Rep. Fitzgibbon said one big problem is that prepaid mail items aren’t postmarked. Could stamps be sent with ballots? That’s one possibility. He also brought up the shortage in dropboxes in King County – 10 of them, compared to 30 in Pierce County. Another attendee: Ballots are delivered too early – three weeks is too soon, and people lose track of theirs, she says. Rep. Cody says there still seems to be a prevailing belief that more time is better, but perhaps analysis should be done. Sen. Nelson says it’s easy to replace a ballot if you can’t find yours. Attendee: What about automatically registering people to vote when they turn 18, as Oregon does? Sen. Nelson says “there’s work being done on that.”

Her last words were concern that the general population “doesn’t even know Olympia exists.”

VETERANS DAY: Veteran Joy Pakulak led the Pledge of Allegiance; chair Stone-Vekich asked all veterans in the room to stand so they could be applauded.

NEXT MEETING: The 34th DDs will have a holiday party on December 9th, as is traditional, rather than a business meeting. 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy. Watch 34dems.org for information in the meantime.

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CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 UPDATE: Shannon Braddock’s lead over Lisa Herbold now 6 votes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-council-district-1-update-shannon-braddocks-lead-over-lisa-herbold-now-6-votes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-council-district-1-update-shannon-braddocks-lead-over-lisa-herbold-now-6-votes/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:58:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328759 3:58 PM: Today’s ballot count is just out, and Shannon Braddock is now 6 votes ahead of Lisa Herbold in the City Council District 1 race.

Shannon Braddock – 11,528 – 49.73%
Lisa Herbold – 11,522 – 49.70%

Up to 2,000 or so ballots remain to be counted in District 1. On page 45 of today’s printable results list, you’ll see that 25,741 ballots have been tallied in this race, while 27,568 ballots were ready for counting (of 27,979 received) in D-1 as of last night’s ballot-return stats (which will be updated at 8 tonight).

We won’t get the next results until Thursday, since tomorrow is the Veterans Day holiday. If you voted, now is the time to check whether your ballot was received for counting and declared valid – here’s how to do that. (Note that “your ballot will be counted” is the last message you’ll get – there is not a “has been counted” status.)

6:24 PM: One thing that *will* happen on the Veterans Day holiday – the 34th District Democrats‘ regular monthly meeting, 7 pm Wednesday at The Hall at Fauntleroy. It was long scheduled to include the organization’s “election recap,” and the online agenda says the group expects to hear from the winners in various races. We asked chair Marcee Stone-Vekich how they plan to handle this one; she says neither Braddock nor Herbold has confirmed with her so far. The 34th DDs made a dual endorsement of both candidates, dating back to the primary.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Braddock still leads Herbold in City Council District 1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-braddock-still-leads-herbold-in-city-council-district-1/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-braddock-still-leads-herbold-in-city-council-district-1/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:14:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328656 The newest round of election results is out – and Shannon Braddock is still ahead of Lisa Herbold in the City Council District 1 race, though now by fewer than 100 votes:

Braddock – 49.99% – 11125 votes
Herbold – 49.57% – 11030 votes

(For comparison, here’s the final count from last week.) Next count, 4:30 pm tomorrow. The county’s full results list says 24,699 ballots have been counted in the District 1 race, and its most recent ballot-return statistics say 27,512 ballots were ready to count from this district, which suggests more than 2,800 ballots are yet to be counted.

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FRIDAY ELECTION UPDATE #2: Shannon Braddock now 104 votes ahead of Lisa Herbold in City Council District 1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-shannon-braddocks-lead-over-lisa-herbold-in-city-council-district-1-now-fewer-than-400-votes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/election-update-shannon-braddocks-lead-over-lisa-herbold-in-city-council-district-1-now-fewer-than-400-votes/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:12:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328390 (UPDATED 7:03 PM with day’s second results release)

4:12 PM: The first of two expected vote-count updates for today is out and in the Seattle City Council District 1 race, Shannon Braddock‘s lead over Lisa Herbold has shrunk again –

Braddock – 10,078 – 50.74%
Herbold – 9,691 – 48.79%

That’s a 387-vote gap, with thousands more ballots remaining to be counted. Last night, Braddock’s lead was 638 votes.

4:41 PM: To be more specific about ballots remaining, the county releases a nightly count (8 pm) of how many ballots have been returned. As of last night’s count, 27,298 ballots were in and “ready to count” in District 1. Just under 20,000 have been counted (in addition to the Herbold and Braddock numbers above, 94 ballots were tallied as “write-ins”).

Probably a good time for you to check the status of your ballot – invariably there are some whose signatures weren’t validated or which haven’t (yet) been counted for one reason or another, and you may still be able to fix that – go here to check. (And note that the final stage is “your ballot will be counted” – that does NOT mean it hasn’t been counted yet, it’s just the final status they give.)

7:03 PM: Second run of the day is in – Herbold is now 104 votes behind Braddock.

Braddock – 10,905 – 50.02%
Herbold – 10,801 – 49.54%

9:37 PM: As pointed out in comments, the total number of votes in the race does not equal the number of ballots counted – this version of the results (unlike the plain-text version) shows the number counted per race, and it says 24,000+ have been counted, leaving 3,000+ as of this evening’s returns.

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