Your one-stop shop for today's local campaign news, gossip, and analysis. 

1) If you haven't voted yet on I-1125, and you're swayed by Eyman's argument that tolls shouldn't be set by "unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats" (that's the state transportation commission to you and me), get the other side from Transportation Issues Daily, which breaks down the "myth of unaccountable bureaucrats" using two examples: Tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and ferry fare hikes, many of which the commission has rejected "as a result of public input received during meetings in the impacted communities."

2) Elections officials have identified the reason 11,000 voters didn't receive their ballots on time last month: A computer "hiccup," in the words of county elections director Sherril Huff, who responded to questions from the county council about the oversight this morning.

According to the PI.com, "The glitch occurred on Sept. 29 as an elections worker downloaded a database of registered voters into a file to send to the vendor that prints the ballots. During the download, the computer froze, forcing the worker to reboot, said Dale Hartman, IT service desk manager.

"The worker finished downloading the file and saw no sign that it was incomplete. After ruling out a postal error, elections staff contacted the vendor and noticed a gap in the sequence of voter identification numbers."

3) The Seattle Times breaks down the costs and benefits of the various statewide initiatives for the state . The upshot: I-1183, the Costco-backed liquor privatization initiative, would bring in up to $68 million in new revenue over the next two years, while I-1163, the SEIU-backed measure to require new training for long-term health care workers, would cost up to $32 million over the same biennium.

And Tim Eyman's I-1125, which would place new restrictions on the use of tolls and bar light rail across I-90, "would scramble the state's plans to build and maintain highways with the help of tolls in the coming years." The state is facing a $2 billion deficit.

4) The PI.com has a roundup of what it deems tomorrow's "hottest races," though it excludes, inexplicably, the race between Bellevue City Council member Claudia Balducci and Patti Mann---a Kemper Freeman-backed Republican who's taking on the council's most vocal light rail proponent. For what it's worth, we've been slightly obsessed with this race.

5) Meanwhile, the Tacoma News Tribune's Peter Callaghan takes a look at the campaigns for this year's initiatives and declares them the most mendacious "since last year's election." He adds: "I have no doubt [this election] will hold that distinction until the next election." Callaghan specifically calls out the campaigns for and against 1183 (featuring firefighters arguing for and against the measure, both on public-safety grounds) and the campaign for 1125 (with its farmers "lecturing us on tolls.")

6) Ballots must be postmarked by tomorrow, November 8 or dropped off at one of 11 drop boxes throughout the county by 8:00 tomorrow evening. And then go to the campaign parties!

7) This election, for the first time in 10 years of voting in Seattle elections, I had the signature on my ballot challenged. The likeliest reasons, according to the letter that arrived promptly from King County Elections, are that I didn't sign or that my signature doesn't match the one Elections has on file.

According to Elections spokeswoman Kim Van Eckstrom, the department challenges about three percent of signatures every year, based on a scan of signatures by Washington State Patrol-trained signature verification staffers. About half of those are people who simply failed to sign. The county has discussed switching to electronic signature checks, but has found that for now, "that doesn't suit our purposes" as well as hiring human checkers, Van Eckstrom says.
Show Comments