Nov. 5 is coming up! That’s Election day!
It’s an off-year for presidential and congressional elections, and the ballot measures for Washingtonians aren’t as high-profile as marriage equality and marijuana legalization were last year. On the bright side, there are probably fewer campaign ads on TV this year compared to last.
Nevertheless, it’s important to exercise your right to vote, if you have it. The act of voting, as well as the process of deciding, is your civic duty as a member of a political community.
You might wish right now that you could vote your incumbent congressional representative out of office, but you can’t, so just try to remember that for next year. But there’s always something to sink your teeth into, and 2013 is no exception.
Statewide measures include two initiatives: one to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients, and another to broaden the rights of signature-gatherers. There are also legislative advisory votes on a number of tax measures.
King County voters are electing a county executive, either incumbent Dow Constantine or challenger Alan Lobdell, and deciding whether the county should have its own public legal defense department instead of contracting to non-profit agencies as they do now.
Seattleites have a mayoral election, and are choosing between incumbent Mike McGinn, and state senator Ed Murray. Four city council positions are on the ballot, as is a measure to make the council positions chosen geographically instead of at-large.
Voting presents funny incentives to us as individuals and as a community. While one vote is almost sure not to make a difference in the outcome of an election, it’s also necessary that so many people decide to do it.
And it’s good that they do! So if you can get your hands on a ballot this fall, make sure to vote.