VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Residents of Washington state are voting Tuesday on a number of issues in a statewide general election.
Ballots are being cast on city councils, sheriffs, county councils, assessors, auditors and even who should sit on the Cemetery District board.
Statewide, there are some major items on the ticket. One would limit how much the state could charge for vehicle licenses, which could impact funding for road projects. Another would give the legislature broader discretionary powers in an emergency.
They are also voting on affirmative action with Referendum 88, deciding whether one’s minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities.
The initiative would allow the consideration of being part of a minority group to be a contributing factor for a qualified applicant.
Turnout in the last statewide election was just over 37 per cent.
With files from the Associated Press