REGISTER TO VOTE!
The easiest way to register is to use VoteWA, the web app on the Washington Secretary of State’s website. You can register, update your address, look up your precinct number, and learn the names of all your Washington elected officials.
Vote411 Washington – are you eligible to vote?
CANDIDATES & ISSUES
Washington Votes – gives users instant access to concise and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Washington legislature.
Ballotpedia (Washington) – Look up ballot measures, too
Brennan Center for Justice – Issue information at nonpartisan think tank
Countable – News and pros/cons of federal bills and issues
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Public Disclosure Commission – Follow the money for State & local races and initiatives.
Federal Election Commission – Follow the money for Congressional races
Also go to our candidates pages by using the navigation bars at the top and bottom of this page.
Learn About Local Government
The State We’re In – Guide to state, tribal and local government, produced by the League of Women Voters
Your Vote – a collaborative effort between LWV Washington State & Spokesman-Review. Learn more about Washington state electoral issues and national voting timelines.
The Closest Governments to the People – guide to local government
MRSC publications in pdf
Washington State Association of Counties resource links
Learn About the 3 Branches of Government
How a Bill Becomes Law (Schoolhouse Rock Video)
Learn About League of Women Voters
League Studies on State Issues
How the League takes a position
The League of Women Voters uses a time-tested method for taking positions on issues. Members study an issue, use local League meetings to develop consensus on the issues raised in the study, and then adopt a written statement of position on the issue, which is approved by the Board. Local League adopted positions may be used as the basis for advocacy at the city or county government to which the position applies.
The League’s study process
The following list describes the formal process by which The League of Women Voters does studies and takes positions on issues.
* Studies are done on statewide issues based on scopes of work approved by the membership at biennial conventions.
* These studies are conducted by committees appointed by the League President and reviewed by both issue experts and reading committees of League members who edit for characteristics such as neutrality, thoroughness and readability.
* Following publication of studies, the League holds consensus meetings at which members who have read the studies answer questions about the study material which gets collected and consolidated to form an official opinion.
* Those consensus meeting responses are consolidated to frame a League position, based upon which the League may take action for or against specific legislation.
* Studies are funded by the Education Fund because they are informative to the public. Any action taken post-consensus is not funded by the Education Fund.