2012 General Election Facts and Dates
Key dates and information links are included.
This year’s Washington General Election features the U.S. presidential race, U.S. Senate contest, and 10 U.S. House races, and statewide contests for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, Insurance Commissioner, State Treasurer, Public Lands Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Only the primary winner in the SPI race will appear on the General Election ballot. Three State Supreme Court positions also are at stake. In two of those three court races, only the primary winner will appear on the fall ballot. All 98 positions in the State House of Representatives are on the ballot, as are half of the State
Statewide ballot measures
There are three initiatives, one referendum, two state constitutional amendments, and two
advisory measures on the General Election ballot:
Initiative Measure 1185
I-1185 would restate existing state law requiring any tax increases imposed by the Legislature to be approved by two-thirds of each legislative chamber or approved by a majority of
Washington voters. It also would require majority legislative approval for new or increased fees.
Initiative Measure 1240
I-1240 would create a public charter school system, authorizing up to 40 publicly funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight.
Initiative to the Legislature 502
I-502 would legalize marijuana. It would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for persons over 21; remove state-law criminals and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.
R-74 asks voters whether they approve or reject the law (ESSB 6239) passed by the Legislature and Gov. Gregoire this year allowing same-sex couples to legally marry.
Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8221
The Legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment that would implement the Commission on State Debt recommendations regarding Washington’s debt limit.
Senate Joint Resolution 8223
The Legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment that deals with investments by the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Advisory Vote 1
Concerns a B&O tax deduction for certain financial institutions’ interest on residential loans.
Advisory Vote 2
Concerns expiration of a tax on possession of petroleum product.
Sept. 22 Military and overseas voters ballots mailed.
Oct 1, Political Forum hosted by the Moses Lake Chamber, 7pm-9pm at the civic theater in Moses Lake
Oct. 8 Deadline to register online or via mail to vote in General Election
Oct. 11-19 State Voters’ Pamphlet arrives
Oct. 19 Ballots mailed for General Election, and Accessible Voting Units are
available at voting centers through Election Day.
Oct. 29 Deadline to register in person to vote in General Election (register at Grant County elections office)
Nov. 6 General Election ballot return deadline (ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day or placed in an official elections drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Night)
Voters’ Pamphlets (state and local)•