Voter information guides now available
Washington State's voter information guides are going in the mail, on the air, and on the Internet.
The 1996 state Voters Pamphlet has started rolling off the presses for delivery to more than 2.8 million households statewide, said Secretary of State Ralph Munro, the state's chief elections officer.
Voter guides will also be available on the public affairs channel TVW, on the state's interactive kiosk system, and on the Secretary of State's Internet Website at http://www.wa.gov/vote.
Washington voters will decide five statewide measures in the Nov. 5 general election. This year's ballot also includes races for President/Vice President, Congress, statewide offices, the State Legislature, and numerous judicial positions.
Under provisions of the state constitution adopted in 1912, the Secretary of State must send a printed voters pamphlet to every household in the state before each general election. The guide contains the full text of each measure appearing on the statewide ballot, plus an official explanatory statement and arguments for and against. Also included are photographs, statements, and contact information from the candidates, plus a variety of other voting-related information and assistance.
The state is offering several new and expanded voter information services for the 1996 elections. These include:
- The Washington State Video Voters Guide, televised on the public affairs channel TVW. (In addition, candidate statements can be heard in RealAudio through TVW's Internet home page at http://www.tvw.org.)
- "Washington Votes" is available on the Washington Information Network interactive kiosk system located in shopping malls, grocery stores, libraries, transit centers, and other public places around the state.
- The Washington State Voter Hotline, an interactive telephone service, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist citizens with voting and voter registration, elections, initiative proposals, voter guides, finding legislative and congressional districts, and contacting elected officials. It can also be used to obtain a fax copy of vote totals following the election. The hotline is available toll-free at 1-800-448-4881 (TDD for the hearing or speech impaired: 1-800-422-8683.)