Ballot Tampering In Oregon
5:33 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Alleged Oregon Ballot Tampering Has Statewide Implications

An alleged case of ballot tampering has come up in Clackamas County, Ore.
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An alleged case of ballot tampering in Oregon’s Clackamas County has implications for races statewide. Officials say a volunteer elections worker is suspected of marking votes for Republicans in races a voter had left blank.

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Get Out The Vote
6:20 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Wash. Democrats Make Final Push to Get Out The Vote

Democratic candidates Maria Cantwell, Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott and Sen. Patty Murray at Sunday's get-out- the-vote rally in South Seattle.
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In the final hours of the election, the state’s main political parties are engaged in massive get out the vote campaigns. They are especially critical this year, with several close statewide races and ballot initiatives. Deborah Wang has more on what the Democrats are up to.

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Get Out The Vote
6:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Chase Ballots With Minivans, Smart Phones

King County Executive Director Lisa Shin shows off a GOP Victory Van.
Credit Photo by Amy Radil / KUOW

If you haven’t returned your ballot yet, you’re probably hearing a lot from political parties and candidates. If you HAVE voted, those calls and mailings might be dying down.

This year campaigns are able to make faster and more nimble use of ballot returns than ever before. Republicans say Democrats had a stronger ‘get-out-the-vote’ effort in Washington in 2010, but this year they’re determined to learn from that example.

Some of their efforts, however, haven’t been well-received by elections officials. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Election Day Churches
6:06 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pastors Use Pulpits To Ease Election Day Rancor

In this election, some Northwest churches hope to ease the rancor of politics. Photo by York Minster by way of Creative Commons
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In this election, religion has sometimes played a divisive role. But on election night, churches throughout the Northwest — and the country — will try to use their pulpits to ease the rancor of politics. Deena Prichep explains.

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Oregon House Speaker
4:31 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

High Stakes Election For Possible Oregon House Speakers

Republican Bruce Hanna and Democrat Tina Kotek are in contention to be the next Oregon House speaker.
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Democrats and Republicans in Oregon are locked in a fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. It's currently split right down the middle. Some of the biggest legislative money-raisers this year are two candidates who don't have serious opposition on the ballot.

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Political Advertising
6:33 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Who In The NW Helps Pay For Swing State Ads

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barrage of ads now hitting swing states. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Super PAC Spending
6:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington's Biggest Campaign Spenders Aim To Influence 2012 Elections

Private docks line the shore of Cozy Cove in Hunts Point, Wash., home to some of the state's priciest real estate -- and biggest political donors.
Credit Photo by John Ryan / KUOW

Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns in Washington state and nationwide this year. A rising share of those dollars are being funneled through super PACs and other outside groups. KUOW's John Ryan takes a look at just where all the campaign cash is coming from in Washington state.

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Measuring Voter Enthusiasm
5:11 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Voter Enthusiasm In Wash. Higher Than In 2008

University of Washington professor Matt Barreto is conducting the poll.
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In a new Washington Poll released Thursday, nearly 40 percent of voters surveyed say they are “more enthusiastic” to vote in this election than they were in 2008. Only 23 percent said they were more enthused in 2008, while the rest said they feel about the same.

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Washington State Ballots
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Wash. Ballots With Late Postmarks Won't Be Counted

Washington voters can return their ballots via an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
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New polls show Washington’s open race for governor remains close. Already hundreds of thousands of Washington voters have returned their ballots. Many more will do so in the coming days. But county auditors have a warning to voters who wait until the last minute.

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Federal Election Hotlines
6:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Election Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In The Northwest

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A long-standing program aimed at combating election fraud and voter rights abuses tends to be pretty quiet in the Northwest.

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