Election Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In The Northwest

Oct 31, 2012
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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.


As they make up their minds over the next week-and-a-half, undecided voters could decide the outcome of Washington’s race for governor. Recent polls show 7 to 8 percent of the Washington electorate is still on the fence – at least when it comes to who should be the next governor.


Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Kevin Mooney

Northwest voters are in study mode. A week and a half before Election Day just 14 percent of Oregon voters had returned their ballot. There don’t appear to be many undecided voters in the presidential race. Chris Lehman spoke to voters in Salem about what it took to decide races further down the ballot.

Kevin Mooney

Oregon has a spirited history of legislating from the ballot. But this year looks pretty sleepy on the ballot measure front. Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.

But in an unusual twist, the groups behind three of the measures have stopped campaigning. And there's been relatively little spending by the backers of the four others.

Obama Urges 'Yes' on Wash. Referendum 74

Oct 25, 2012
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President Obama is formally throwing his support to Referendum 74, which asks Washington voters to decide on same-sex marriage.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has a message for the candidates to replace her: “sounds good, doesn’t work.” That’s Gregoire’s take on several of the budget-balancing ideas she’s hearing from fellow Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.

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The Washington State Democratic Party says it will not return $60-thousand [dollars] in contributions from a controversial spiritual leader from Yelm, Washington. This, despite the release of a video that shows JZ Knight delivering a profanity-laced attack on the Catholic Church and others. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: he may know if you’ve been bad or good, but they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.