The Thurston County elections office mailed ballots for the general election late last week to more than 150,000 active registered voters. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6, the date of the election.
The Olympian editorial board has endorsed candidates and other ballot measures, which are summarized below. The complete list of endorsements can be read online. Go to www.theolympian.com/opinion.
There are too many unanswered questions to empower the Thurston Public Utility District to “acquire and construct” the infrastructure to distribute electrical power. The campaign has been based on ideology and hasn’t provided enough information for Thurston County voters to make an intelligent choice.
Requiring a supermajority, or two-thirds of state lawmakers, gives the minority undemocratic powers. It takes only a simple majority to create tax loopholes, but a supermajority to close them.
It’s time to try an experiment with charter schools for low-income, high-risk children in low-performing schools. This initiative has plenty of safeguards against harming other public schools.
Decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for adults allows law enforcement to focus on other issues. Passing this initiative, which includes standards for impaired driving, will help pressure the federal government to get its marijuana laws in line with states, especially around medicinal uses.
Voting yes approves the same-sex marriage law passed by the Legislature earlier this year. Public opinion is already there.
Resolutions 8221 and 8223
Both of these resolutions received near-unanimous votes in both chambers of the Legislature. The first would lower the state’s allowable debt limit, and the second would give UW and WSU more flexibility in how they invest their pension funds.
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