ELECTION 2019: Voting starts Wednesday

checkbox.jpgWednesday is when King County Elections will open its voting centers, and when it’ll mail ballots. Election notes:

3 CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 DEBATES/FORUMS THIS WEEK: You have three chances in the next six days to see Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel side by side:

-Monday (October 14th), 7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center (7000 35th SW), presented by Westside Interfaith Network and the League of Women Voters

-Thursday (October 17th), 6 pm at Westside School (10404 34th SW; WSB sponsor), presented by the
West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Saturday (October 19th), 11 am at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon), presented by the
West Seattle Junction Association, with your WSB co-publishers moderating

CAMPAIGN CASH: While the only numbers that really matter are the vote totals, it’s interesting to occasionally check in on campaign cash. This information is available through the state Public Disclosure Commission, and includes who gave to who, and what campaign funding was spent on, among other things. Checking the D-1 race, Herbold is ahead in cash contributions, $174,000+ to $133,000+ for Tavel. But he is way ahead in what’s called “independent expenditure” spending – third parties spending on your behalf but out of your control. IE spending for Tavel is $169,000+ so far, most of that from the business group Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy. IE spending for Herbold is $14,000+, most from the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy. Half of the quarter-million dollars raised by CAPE (here’s that list) is from entrepreneur Nick Hanauer; more than a third of the $1.1 million raised by CASE (here’s that list) is from Amazon. (Both of those groups are spending in support of candidates in other races too.)

WHAT ELSE YOU’LL SEE ON YOUR BALLOT: We mentioned the two big state ballot measures in this report last week. You’ll also see 12 state advisory measures and a state constitutional amendment. No Seattle ballot measures, but there’s one for King County – Proposition 1 renews the Medic One emergency-services levy for six more years. You’ll also be voting for King County, Port of Seattle, and Seattle Public Schools races – we’ll take a closer look at those tomorrow.

VOTING DEADLINE: Election Night is Tuesday, November 5th; dropboxes will be open until 8 pm. If you’re voting by mail, make sure your ballot will be postmarked with that date (or sooner).

26 Replies to "ELECTION 2019: Voting starts Wednesday"

  • Fairness October 14, 2019 (4:25 am)

    why is there a link to Herbold and not Tavel?

    • WSB October 14, 2019 (6:54 am)

      Fixed, thanks. Also added link to dropbox list.

  • Graciano October 14, 2019 (6:31 am)

    If you’re tired of the way Seattle looks, here’s your chance to voice your opinion. Get out and Vote!Please support Medic 1.

  • TreeHouse October 14, 2019 (7:10 am)

    It’s really frustrating to see Amazon and other giant multi-national corporations trying to buy our elections. I’m not ready for Seattle to be an oligarchy. I’m sticking with Lisa. 

    • Gene October 14, 2019 (7:51 am)

      Yeah right

    • Cindy October 14, 2019 (8:49 am)

      I agree, Treehouse. Am looking forward to casting this vote!

      • Bruce October 14, 2019 (9:18 pm)

        It’s time for new leadership and different approaches  toward many problems facing our city. I am not happy with the current status and look forward to a new leader in District 1. If you support more of the same, the current Councilperson is your candidate. I chose Tavel for a better approach in city government.

    • GameOver October 15, 2019 (6:10 am)

      https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazons-rapid-expansion-bellevue-reach-4-8m-square-feet-power-spectacular-growth-seattle-suburb/  it’s okay, Amazon is tired of the city council so they’re moving to Bellevue.   Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • anonyme October 14, 2019 (7:45 am)

    Lisa’s followers were out canvassing door-to-door in Arbor Heights yesterday.  I have a “No Soliciting” sign, which I know, sadly, political proselytizers are not required to honor.  What baffles me is why they would think it would reflect well on a candidate to behave in such a way as to show blatant disregard for the privacy and preferences of a voter?   It’s like saying “I don’t give a crap what you think, but I want you to vote for me to represent you anyway”.  The same with those giant, glossy cards voters get in the mail (and cannot stop) from candidates posturing as eco-conscious.  Pure hypocrisy.   I think I’ll put an additional, temporary sign on my gate indicating that I won’t be voting for either council candidate.  I’ll be writing in Chas Redmond.

    • Jon Wright October 14, 2019 (9:55 am)

      Way to stick it to The Man!

    • Mickymse October 14, 2019 (7:19 pm)

      They’re not soliciting; they’re engaging in democracy… And if you don’t want anyone coming to your door for any reason, that’s fine, but these election issues are literally about how much you pay in taxes or who gets to decide zoning and parking rules in your neighborhood, and priorities for utilities or public safety, etc.So if you don’t want to participate, that’s your choice; but you had better be willing to accept the decisions that others make for you. And no complaining when you aren’t informed about changes happening in your neighborhood either.

    • Peter October 14, 2019 (7:58 pm)

      I’ve gotten calls urging me to vote for Tavel every day for weeks, not one single one of those calls has come from a Washington State area code. Tavel’s big money friends have paid national telemarketers to bombard us with calls for Tavel. But you’re 100% right about Herbold. Every time I’ve contacted her office, her staff’s response is basically “who do you think you are to question the great one?” I absolutely hate both of them. 

      • vote October 15, 2019 (6:15 am)

        Vote for the lesser of two evils.  A write-in or no vote, is a vote for the candidate that actually wins.  Vote, we’re not a communist society, we don’t want to be.  Use your right and vote, please.  

  • MJ October 14, 2019 (10:12 am)

    Why is Medic One, a basic government service, being paid for by a levy?

  • MJ October 14, 2019 (11:49 am)

    I believe levy’s should be limited to extra services, not be used for such items at Medic One, Libraries at al.  

    • Gene October 14, 2019 (12:13 pm)

      How should something like Medic One -which has been funded  this way for so long be funded then?  

    • wscommuter October 14, 2019 (2:12 pm)

      Until there is political will to amend the state constitution and allow for an income tax, we will continue to fund things like Medic 1 by levies … dumb public policy, but there you go.  

  • Plf October 14, 2019 (12:14 pm)

    Hi all had the privilege of working in the ED at harborview for several decades and can’t tell you how fortunate as a community we are to have medic 1the reality is that you have a greater chance of survival of a castrophic injury or event (MI, respiratory failure) with our Medic1 system.  The partnership between Dr. Michael Copass , HMC, the county and Medic 1 has created the gold standard for emergency response and positive outcomes if you have never had to utilize Medic I feel blessed, but if you or someone you care about needs their response you can feel assured you are in world class hands.  This levy deserves our community support

  • Mj October 14, 2019 (12:47 pm)

    Gene it should be funded by the general fund.  

    • Mickymse October 14, 2019 (7:24 pm)

      All these levies exist because folks voted for one of these stupid Eyman initiatives years ago demanding that voters decide on raising taxes… So there you go. Keep that in mind when voting on his latest on your ballot — which would gut Transportation budgets across the state.

  • JG October 14, 2019 (1:29 pm)

    “Buying our elections”? Wake up and be glad companies are willing to get involved and try and turn Seattle’s progressive disaster around. A vote for Herbold is a vote for more homeless and more crime in West Seattle. 

    • Peter October 14, 2019 (8:02 pm)

      “Anyone who disagrees with me is in favor of all the worst thing I can think up.” Get a life. 

  • Gene October 14, 2019 (1:52 pm)

    Love that word “general fund” money goes into a big pot & government decides how  to allocate it. With levy- the people decide where the money is spent – be it for Medic One, libraries or whatever. I for one will vote to fully fund Medic One so it can continue to be the world class emergency service it is.

  • WSB October 14, 2019 (1:58 pm)

    Here is an explanation of the King County general fund for anyone truly interested


  • Tam October 14, 2019 (10:55 pm)

    I was out walking my golden and bumped into Phil Tavel. We had a nice chat on many issues as well as Herbold’s latest insane doings.  I really believe she’s nuts.    All Lisa Herbot seems to do is convince my landlord to raise the rent.  She never responds.  Public servant, NOT.  At least Phil takes the time to talk to you.

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