The deadline to submit your ballot for Seattle’s August 1 primary election is Tuesday. So grab your ballot, your favorite digital device and maybe a good iced latte. It’s time to make some choices, and here’s where you can go for help…
- The King County Voters’ Pamphlet. You don’t need the Internet for this one. If you’re registered to vote, you got it in the mail. The pamphlet’s got statements from the candidates, plus arguments for and against the proposals. » A thing to appreciate: The pamphlet is bare bones, but when you want to make up your own mind, bare bones can be a good start.
- The Seattle Channel Video Voters’ Guide. There’s lots of formal language and unedited statements here, but you get to see the candidates themselves deliver them. » A thing to look for: If you have little to no idea who the 15 non-leading mayoral candidates are, check out the first part of the Seattle video here (there’s a video for all of King County, too). It’s a way to get some face time.
- Seattle Times Primary Guides. The mayor’s race is huge this year, and the Times rounded up what the candidates stand for in this comprehensive guide. They did the same for school board hopefuls, too. » A thing to watch: The Times asked each of the six leading mayoral candidates to explain, in less than a minute, how they are a “typical” and “atypical” Seattleite. The answers are revealing.
- Crosscut’s Primary Election Guide. This one comes in three parts: the mayoral candidates; those candidates’ positions on big issues; and a roundup of the rest of the ballot — like the city council, port, and school board races, plus some measures. » A thing to read closely: That roundup of everything that isn’t the mayor’s race is a strong, breezy summary of what’s what.
- That mayoral debate. It was between the six leading candidates, and it got pretty interesting. Watch it all here.
- Endorsements! Ready to see how various organizations think you should vote? Here’s a short list:
- The Seattle Times Editorial Board
- The Stranger
- Seattle Weekly
- The Progressive Voters Guide
Not sure how to turn that ballot in? Here’s all you need to know. Haven’t registered to vote yet? No worries; you’re still in this. Register by Oct. 9 and you can vote in the general election in November. Know of another helpful guide? Let us know.