A newsletter to keep you informed on Election 2020.
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Welcome back to the Crosscut Elections newsletter. We're officially five weeks away from Election Day — and we want to make sure you're informed and confident on the way there. Keep an eye out for this newsletter in your inbox for the latest on Washington elections, every Wednesday — and don't hesitate to forward it to a friend and tell them to subscribe.

Today, news and politics editor Donna Blankinship tells us about Crosscut's upcoming election coverage, shares a calendar of statewide and presidential debates, and introduces us to Jo Nordblad, our Voter of the Week.
Days left until the election: 34.

Politics: a sport we can still play.

A man holds a sign that reads "VOTE" while standing on a sidewalk
David Nash holds up a sign to encourage people in Seattle to vote. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
Washington state voters have chosen a Democrat in each of the past eight presidential elections, and the Evergreen State is considered safe for Joe Biden this November. Polls also show Gov. Jay Inslee is likely to defeat Loren Culp by nearly 20 percentage points.

Any surprises in Washington election results are unlikely to be front page or prime time news. So why does Crosscut plan to write dozens of election stories over the next month and publish a weekly election newsletter?

Front page news isn’t our business. Our job is to help you understand what the election will mean for the most important issues of the day, the issues you tell us you care deeply about, from racism to the environment to the pandemic.

And, frankly, while we’re still banned from attending football and basketball games in person, politics is one sport we can still actively participate in.

Washington election officials are expecting a record-breaking turnout in November, but general elections in even years almost always attract big turnouts in Washington. In November 2018, 3.1 million of the state’s 4.4 million registered voters cast a ballot — a 72% turnout. In November 2016, nearly 79% of registered voters participated: 3.4 million out of 4.3 million registered voters. The Secretary of State’s Office says Washington now has more than 4.6 million registered voters.

Keep reading our Vote 2020 election newsletter for information you can’t get anywhere else (not even on Crosscut’s website!).
— Donna Gordon Blankinship
Crosscut News & Politics Editor
Donna Gordon Blankinship


Your elections calendar.

A person submits a ballot into a ballot drop box
A voter drops off a ballot in Capitol Hill on August 3, 2020. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)
Oct. 7: Governor Debate moderated by Crosscut’s Melissa Santos. Airing live on KCTS 9 at 8 p.m., right after the Vice Presidential Debate, which begins at 6 p.m.

Oct. 7: Inside the Newsroom event at 4 p.m., previewing the debate and talking about Crosscut election coverage. » RSVP here

Oct. 15: Second Presidential Debate. Airing live on KCTS 9 at 6 p.m.

Oct. 22: Third Presidential Debate. Airing live on KCTS 9 at 6 p.m.

Oct. 22: Lieutenant Governor Debate between Denny Heck and Marko Liias. Airing live on KCTS 9 at 8 p.m.

Every day: Stream PBS news and elections coverage on KCTS9.org.


Voting basics: How to get your ballot.

King County ballots
Coming to your mailbox in just a few weeks: these guys. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
If you are registered to vote in Washington state and your address hasn’t changed, your ballot will be mailed to you about two weeks before the election, around Oct. 16. To make sure your registration is up to date with your current address, check in here. If you did not receive a ballot, lost it or just made a mistake while filling it out, you can print a new one at your county elections office website.

In Washington, you do not need to request an absentee ballot, but other states have a variety of rules. This site will help you figure out how to sign up for an absentee ballot if you do not live in the state.

For more election basics, read our story on everything you need to know about voting in 2020.

Having problems submitting your ballot? We have a tip line for that.

Voter of the Week: Jo Nordblad

We’re calling back some of the voters we spoke to for our July Crosscut/Elway Poll to see what they’re thinking as the election gets closer.
Jo Nordblad is an independent voter from Valley, north of Spokane. She told our pollster in July that she thought Gov. Jay Inslee did a good job handling the coronavirus pandemic but hadn’t made up her mind whom to vote for in November.

Nordblad, 64, has now made up her mind to vote for Loren Culp, Inslee’s Republican opponent. Culp has based much of his campaign on his disagreement with Inslee’s handling of the pandemic and Nordblad said that does give her pause. A family member died from the coronavirus this summer, but since the virus has almost disappeared in Stevens County, she is less concerned about the governor’s race than she would have been.

She made her decision based on other things she feels Inslee and his fellow Democrats have done in Olympia. “I don’t like how Democrats freely spend money we really don’t have,” said Nordblad, a retired business owner who became more conservative a decade ago when she felt small businesses were being treated poorly.

Nordblad said she plans to vote to reelect President Donald Trump and says her reason is the same as it was four years ago: “I don’t really like him but I think he’s good for our country.”

She added, however, that she does not like the way the president has handled the pandemic, and disagrees with him about mail-in voting.

Her closing thought about the November election: “I hope it doesn’t get ugly.”


Our latest Election 2020 stories.

People line up at a King County voting center

People visit the voting center at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton for Washington state’s presidential primary election on March 10, 2020. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

Your anxiety could be delaying your voter registration in WA

by Melissa Santos

Worried voters are attempting to register multiple times online. Elections officials say that just slows down the process. » Read more

Sherae Lascelles and Frank Chopp

Sherae Lascelles is giving Frank Chopp his biggest challenge in decades

by Melissa Santos

The third-party candidate performed better in the Aug. 4 primary than anyone who has ever challenged Chopp, Washington's longest-serving House speaker. Read more

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