2020 will be 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 does will be 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).
These races will require critical resources. This includes your time and energy (get those sneakers ready for a number of doorbell Saturdays around the state!). 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 the candidates for U.S. President. You can compare the presidential candidates and watch interviews with the candidates. To learn more about campaign events in your area, visit https://www.mobilize.us/nea
Washington's Presidential Primary: March 10, 2020
Washington state's presidential primary election will take place on March 10. We encourage all WEA members to support candidates who will stand up for public education.
WHO: YOU! And every registered voter in Washington state
WHAT: The presidential primary election
WHEN: March 10. Voters will receive a ballot in the mail after February 21.
WHERE: Mail back your ballots or drop them in a nearby drop box
HOW: Vote! Mark your ballot for your favorite presidential candidate and return it by 8pm on March 10.
If you have specific questions about how to participate in Washington's presidential primary election, check out this FAQ on the Secretary of State's website.
Become a Delegate
Help ensure Democrats and Republicans prioritize strong public schools in their party platforms. Learn more about about how to become a National Delegate. If you're interested in being a National Delegate, NEA can help you!
Become a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO)
Precinct Committee Officers (PCO's) are a central part of their local party organization. They elect party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and help their parties select their national delegates. PCO's are elected through their local party structure. If you are interested in becoming a PCO, visit your local Democratic or Rebplican Party websites: Washington DemocratIc Party or Washington Republican Party.
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.