Category Archives: Democracy
Even though there are no elections relating to City of Burlington issues or candidates, take this time to check your voter’s registration information and research the issues coming up in the next election.
Here is information on the Port of Skagit Commissioners Third District candidates and issues they are involved in for the quality of life in Skagit County. The library is always a good place to find information on public policy issues and how they affect our lives. The Skagit County Elections Division has additional links for voting results.
Election day is coming up! Ballots must be postmarked no later than next Tuesday (the 5th), or placed in an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on the 5th. Burlington’s official ballot drop box is outside the Parks and Recreation building on 900 E Fairhaven Ave — just a block away from the library!
Still not sure how to vote? Be sure to take a look through the online Skagit County Online Voter’s Guide — but you can also get information about this year’s initiatives and advisory votes directly from other voters. The Living Voters Guide is a cool site where ordinary voters can post their thoughts, feelings, and analyses of what’s on the ballot. And unlike the official voter’s guide, it has built-in factchecking! If you think somebody’s argument is fishy, you can press a button to have it fact-checked by a librarian at the Seattle Public Library.
The deadline for voting in the primary election is August 7. Have you voted yet?
Here are some resources for guidance:
- Watch and listen to the candidates on brief videos on the Washington State TVW.org website.
- Skagit County Auditors/Elections page
- See the Burlington Public library’s Government, Elections and Law page, scroll down for links
And lest you think primaries aren’t important and you’ll just wait until the ‘real’ election?
Many state Supreme Court races are decided by the primary.
voting for judges.com explains why: “Supreme Court candidates appear on the primary election ballot on August 7, 2012. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast in the primary, that candidate appears on the general election ballot without opposition. If no candidate receives more than 50% in the primary, the top two candidates appear on the general election ballot on November 6, 2012.”
Democracy is a participatory sport! Get informed and show up.