El Centro De La Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, hosted “BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!” on October 27th, 2018; a special gathering to help voters. The event provided assistants and interpreters to answer questions about this year’s election ballot, and celebrated the act of voting with live music. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi spoke with several people at the event.
In an effort to help get out the vote, El Centro de la Raza in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, is hosting the BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!; an event on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, to help voters understand their ballots. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Miguel Maestas, El Centro De La Raza’s Housing and Economic Development Director, about the event.
Local organizers have prepared Initiative 940 for the 2018 ballot to require additional police training, first aid application to a victim of an officer involved shooting, and other points. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Leslie Cushman from De-escalate Washington about the initiative effort.
Continuing our coverage of the 2016 Electoral College, we’ll take a look at the experiences of individual electors. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with three Washington electors who shared what it was like to vote in the Electoral College on December 19th.
The Electoral College met last month and formally cast their votes for the president of the United States. Washington State elector, Brett Chiafalo, co-founded the Hamilton Electors, a movement aimed to block president elect Donald Trump’s presidency by encouraging electors to vote for a Republican alternate for President.
Here’s KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaking with Chiafalo and another Washington elector, Esther John, as they reflect on the role of the Electoral College.
Despite Washington’s progressive access to voting, we have some of the country’s worst levels of equal representation in local government–meaning the racial demographics of elected officials are disproportionate to the racial and cultural makeup of our communities. Amplify is a movement-building organization that seeks out people with a progressive vision and helps them run for office. They train candidates how to run a campaign and give free technical support after they win. Amplify’s Executive Director, EJ Juárez, shares how he goes about his work with KBCS News Director, Yuko Kodama.
Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama is challenging State Representative Roger Goodman for his position in the 45th district.
Here’s KBCS News director Yuko Kodama with the coverage. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
Supporters of Washington Ballot Initiative 735 are looking to overturn Citizens United— the 2010 Supreme Court decision that prohibited the government from restricting campaign contributions from corporations, under the ruling that those contributions are free speech.
The ballot initiative itself pushes for the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that would say the spending of money is not constitutionally-protected free speech, and would limit constitutional rights to individuals.
Erin Jones and State Representative Chris Reykdal are running for the job of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position that oversees the state’s K-12 education. This office provides funding and resources for public schools, administers basic education programs, and implements education reform.
KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama has more. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.