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Local voters' guide to candidates and measures in Nov. 5 election

The general election is coming up on November 5. Here are some things voters need to know, from registering to vote to candidate races to ballot-measure breakdowns.

Can you even vote?

Registering to vote is easy and you can do it online, by mail or in person.

Online  – Click here. You will need a valid Washington State Driver's License or ID card.

By mailPrint this form, fill it out and mail to your county elections office.

In person – Registration forms are available at county elections offices, all state agencies, city and town halls, public schools, public libraries and staffed fire stations.

Remember your deadlines

October 28 – Deadline to register to vote online or by mail.

*Curious to know if your ballot made it back to the elections office? Track your ballot here.

November 5 – Election Day. Your ballot must be submitted by 8 p.m.

A new law allows Washington voters to register in person on Election Day. You must do so at a county elections office.

The USPS is recommending that voters mail ballots one week before Election Day to account for any unforeseen events or weather issues and to allow for timely receipt.

Do your homework

BENTON COUNTY - Voter Guide

Candidate Races:

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Voter Guide

Candidate Races:

KITTITAS COUNTY – Voter Guide

Candidate Races:

WALLA WALLA COUNTY – Voter Guide

Candidate Races:

YAKIMA COUNTY – Voter Guide

Candidate Races:

Understanding the initiatives and measures

Initiative 976

I-976 could drop car tabs to $30. One side says drivers can save money, but the other side says it will make roads more dangerous. Anti-tax advocate Tim Eyman co-sponsored the bill. The Office of Fiscal Management said state and local governments, including Richland, could lose more than $4 billion in the next six years if the initiative passes.

Referendum 88

Referendum 88 deals with affirmative action. If passed, the referendum would allow the state to implement affirmative action policies in public employment, education and contracting. 

Resolution 8200

If passed, Resolution 8200 would authorize the Washington State Legislature to pass bills addressing the succession of powers and duties of public offices during periods of catastrophic incidents that are considered emergencies.

Benton County Fire District #1 –​​​​​​​ Proposition 2

The district wants voters to approve a $3 million bond to improve its fire department and buy a new fire engine. If approved, the maximum tax rate is estimated at $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. The bond would be repaid from this annual property tax levy over 20 years.

Easton School District #28 – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a tax to improve school facilities. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rates / $1,000

Collection Year    Assessed Value    Levy Amount

2020                   $0.59                   ​​​​​​​$340,000
2021                   $0.59                   ​​​​​​​$340,000
2022                   $0.59                   ​​​​​​​$340,000
2023                   $0.59                   ​​​​​​​$340,000

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to go toward maintenance and operation expenses. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rate / $1,000

Collection Year    Assessed Value    Levy Amount
2019/2020               $0.33                 $123,000

Toppenish School District #202 – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to improve school facilities, including building a new gym at Toppenish High School. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rates / $1,000

Collection Year    Assessed Value    Levy Amount

   2020                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
   2021                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
   2022                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
   2023                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
   2024                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
   2025                   $2.50                   ​​​​​​​$1,665,000

Union Gap – Proposition 1

Voters are being asked whether the city shall be annexed to be part of the Yakima County Rural Library District.

Waitsburg Park and Recreation District – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to finance operations. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rate / $1,000

Collection Year    Assessed Value    Levy Amount
2019/2020               $0.10                 $15,000

Umatilla County Special Election

Advisory votes

There are 12 advisory votes on the ballot. They are non-binding and won't change anything. Advisory votes allow voters to give a symbolic "yes" or "no" to revenue bills recently approved by the Legislature. The thought behind advisory votes is that lawmakers may see how voters feel about certain taxes (detailed below and in the voters guides) and perhaps send tax increases to the voters as a future referendum. This has not happened to date with the previous 19 advisory votes over the last 11 years.

  • Advisory Vote No. 20:  Second Substitute House Bill 1087
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    The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional wage premium for long-term care services, costing an indeterminate amount in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?

  • Advisory Vote No. 21:  Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 1324
    The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax for extracting, manufacturing, and selling timber and timber-related products, costing $21,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 22:  Substitute House Bill 1652
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, retail sales tax on architectural paint by adding an assessment to the purchase price, costing $6,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 23:  Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1873
    The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, a tax on the sale, use, consumption, handling, possession, and distribution of vapor products costing $178,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 24:  Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2158
    The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional service and other business and occupation tax for certain specified business activities, costing $2,253,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​

  • Advisory Vote No. 25:  Substitute House Bill 2167
    The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional business and occupation tax for certain specified financial institutions, costing $1,036,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​

  • Advisory Vote No. 26:  Substitute Senate Bill 5581
    The legislature expanded, without a vote of the people, application of the state tax code to certain remote sellers, marketplace facilitators, and others, costing $1,051,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

  • Advisory Vote No. 27:  Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5993
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, taxes on petroleum products, costing $2,760,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 28:  Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5997
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, sales and use taxes on certain nonresidents by limiting the exemption applicable to them, costing $313,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

  • Advisory Vote No. 29:  Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5998
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the real estate excise tax on certain sales of real property, costing $1,747,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 30:  Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6004
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax on certain travel agents and tour operators, costing $28,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Advisory Vote No. 31:  Engrossed Senate Bill 6016
    The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax on certain international investment management services, costing $367,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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