2020 is a critical year.
There is so much at stake: in addition to all of the federal races (like president!), there are a significant number of state level offices up as well. The work WEA-PAC is doing is critical to maintaining our pro-public education, pro-labor majorities in the State House and State Senate, as well as the Governor’s office (and many other statewide positions). Find your voter guide or see our endorsed candidates.
These races will require critical resources including your time and energy, like signing up for the Digital Action Team. It also includes financial resources. That’s why we’ve launched the $20.20 for 2020 fundraising drive. To contribute, click here. This money goes directly to supporting pro-public education, pro-labor candidates. Your work in WEA-PAC lays the foundation and will continue to help us succeed in years to come.
Before you vote, see where the candidates stand on issues impacting students, public education and working people. The Strong Public Schools 2020 site provides members with powerful tools to learn more about Biden and Trump. You can explore the candidate comparison and read why NEA members are backing Biden for the steady, informed, compassionate leadership we need. To learn more about campaign events in your area, visit https://www.mobilize.us/nea
Changes to Washington Voter Registration Laws and Questions About Voting
Last year, Washington state passed a number of new laws to ensure every person eligible to vote in Washington is able to participate in our elections. These changes include:
Same Day Voter Registration: Same day voter registration allows a citizen to register to vote any time before 8pm on the day of an election at in-person voting centers. In most counties the in-person voting center will be at the county auditor’s office. King County, due to its size, will be required to have an additional voting center in presidential election years. Check your county Auditor's office for specific locations on where to register on the day of an election.
Future Voter Registration: Future voters can preregister any time after their 16th birthday until eight days before the first election after their 18th birthday. A qualifying future voter can preregister online, by mail, through the DMV or in person and will be added to the voter rolls with a “pending” or “pre-registration” status. Upon turning 18, the individual will have their pending status removed and will be able to cast a ballot.
Automatic Voter Registration: Beginning July 2019, the Department of Licensing will automatically register Washingtonians applying for or updating an enhanced driver’s license, which requires proof of citizenship. Voters will be informed about the automatic registration process given the opportunity to “opt out.” The Health Benefit Exchange will provide a pre-filled registration form using information sourced from their HBE account. Users will be given the option to “opt in” to registration and have their completed form submitted to the Secretary of State’s office.