The right to vote is both a duty and privilege for us as American citizens, and if you’re able, you should always use this hard-won right to make your voice heard. Polls for this mid-term election open across the country on Nov. 6, at which point voters in Washington and beyond will choose their leaders for the next term.
Head over to the AGC of Washington website to see our candidate endorsement list, a handy resource put together by AGC’s BUILD political action committee. You’ll find a rundown there of everything you’ll see on the ballot, including our endorsements for the state Legislature, U.S. Congress and a handful of local offices. You’ll also find our stance on the I-1631 Carbon Tax ballot measure, which we have opposed throughout the year. We’ve written before about the measure and its various flaws, but to briefly recap, it’s a tax that could first increase gas prices by an estimated 14 cents per gallon — and then keep increasing with no set cap. The billions collected in new taxes would be spent at-will by an unelected, unaccountable board. You can learn more about the measure here.
With so much at stake, we urge our members to cast their votes. Remember that Washington votes by mail and that your ballot must either be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day to a designated ballot drop box or to your county elections department. Again, check the Secretary of State website or contact your county office if you have questions about the process.