The Progressive Voter’s Guide Guide


Question: what is the most diabolical piece of new technology to hit the streets in the last week? Frikkin’ sharks with frikkin’ laserbeams on their heads? Good guess, but no. Indeed, it is the Progressive Voters’ Guide.

Hwa!? A Voter’s Guide for progressives? To tell them what candidates are progressive, hardworking legislators? Or would be progressive, hardworking legislators? This is madness. Madness! Only progressives could be this diabolical.

…right. Uh, so, anyway, we here at the Bus are big fans of this Guide and we want to make sure you can use it as you fill out your primary election ballot (and put in the mailbox by no later than Tuesday, August 17). The Guide is hella easy to use, but we want to make it even more user friendly so that you can do your ballot up like “whoa that was hella fast.” So: the Progressive Voter’s Guide Guide starts after the jump.

Front page- click to expand

The front page. It’s fronting hella hard. (Rimshot!) Nah, really though, it’s pretty good, no? Important tidbit (all the bold stuff is stuff you really need to know):* the front page shows only statewide races. If you scroll down from the top, you can see our incumbent Senator, Patty Murry, and a coupla fine fellows, Stan Rumbaugh and Charlie Wiggins, who are running for election to the State Supreme Court. Also note the “Lookup My Local Races” link at the top, which I’ve highlighted. Click that to find who/what you’re voting for.

Moving along, moving along… here’s the local races selection. It’s pretty straightforward; find your county and click on your legislative district on the page below. Don’t know what legislative district you’re in? Here’s a tool on the Legislature’s website that’ll help you find out. (It’ll also say what district you’re in on your ballot.)

List of legislative districts by county- click to expand

I scrolled down past the statewide races, which appear on every local page (for easy linking- send it to your friends and neighbors, eh?) Each legislative district page lists the progressive candidates a resident of that district can vote for. Next to each candidate’s picture, the voter’s guide shows a brief summary (1-3 sentences) of each candidate’s major issues and progressive background, and which progressive organizations endorsed the candidate in question. I’m in the 36th district and have several strong progressives on my ballot. In the state Legislature, there’s the progressive candidates for state Senate, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and state House, Rueven Carlyle and Mary Lou Dickerson. There’s also a local race for King County Council, in which  Joe McDermott is the progressive candidate.

36th LD candidates for Legislature- click to expand

The Guide is about the primary, so sometimes it will highlight two progressive (or progressive-ish) candidates. If that’s the case, do your homework: look at their websites, read news reports, Twitter the InterGooglz (?). In fact, you should do your homework anyway: know something about the candidate you vote for and make sure you have more than one good source of information. Like, say, Hella Bus. You know the drill, though, cause you’re an ace voter.

Make sure you fill out and mail in your ballot by August 17! (Or, if you’re from T-Town or another part of Pierce County, visit your polling place on that date.)

And watch for sharks.

*Or else the Voteshark will eat you.


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