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Washingtonians vote in statewide general election

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 11:02 am PDT

Watcharin Photangtham carefully eyes the slot as he drops ballots for he and his husband into a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Seattle. Voters in Washington state have a crowded ballot to fill out for this week's election, with a referendum on affirmative action and an initiative on the price of car tabs among the things they are being asked to decide. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

People in Washington state are voting in a state election

Turnout in the last statewide election was just over 37 per cent

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