One of the county's relatively new election boxes in Skyway. The box says "vote" and "ballot drop box"  in Spanish, Chinese, English, Vietnamese and Korean — the languages that are available on county ballots. (Photo via King County Elections Twitter.)

King County adds Spanish and Korean ballots, boosts voter outreach

Nearly two dozen organizations are reaching out to voters in immigrant and minority communities, the latest King County initiative to increase voting access.
Aug 18, 2016
Britain's newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan speaks to supporters as he arrives for his first day at work at City Hall in London, Britain May 9, 2016. (Photo by Hannah McKay, Reuters File Photo)

Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban would exempt London’s new mayor

But Sadiq Khan who was sworn in as mayor of the British capital on Saturday, dismissed Trump's response, saying Trump had an "ignorant view of Islam."
May 10, 2016
A supporter of Initiative 122 celebrates in Seattle as early results come in Tuesday night Photo by Varisha Khan.

Seattle incumbents Sawant and Harrell lead in early results, Initiative 122 passing

Initiative 122, a campaign finance reform initiative that would set contribution limits in Seattle and also create a voucher system for public campaign financing, appeared to be leading easily in early returns Tuesday night. More than 100 people celebrated the early returns at an Honest Elections event at Grim’s, with Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata and State Rep. […]
Nov 3, 2015
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Non-resident Indians in Northwest eye election with longing, concern

Way back on April 7th India went to the polls. And up until yesterday, they were still there. Divided by region into nine phases that spread over a little more than a month, India yet again set the record for the largest election in human history.
May 13, 2014
Damon Shadid, candidate for Seattle Municipal Court. (Photo by Ellen M Banner / The Seattle Times)

Shadid seeks spot for Arab Americans on court

Immigration and criminal defense lawyer Damon Shadid looks to make history by running for a seat on Seattle's Municipal Court.
Mar 7, 2014
Sahar Fathi (Photo courtesy of the Fathi campaign)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Sahar Fathi

A international lawyer turned policy analyst, Sahar Fathi, is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.
Jan 16, 2014
Rio Blanco residents hold a sign near their blockade of the access road that to a proposed dam project. (Photo by Madeline McClure)

Blood and ballots in Honduras

A fraudulent election is another disturbing sign that U.S.-supported impunity is back in Central America.
Dec 23, 2013
Campaign pamphlets for Indian-American Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant. (Photo by pnwbot via Flickr)

Is Seattle a white city, or do we just vote that way?

With all of the progressive steps our city has taken in the past few years, why does meaningful minority representation still elude us?
Nov 21, 2013
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Northwest expats in Thailand cheer Obama victory with locals

BANGKOK, Thailand–As the elections unfolded yesterday in the US, a small huddle of Americans glued their eyes to the CNN report, broadcasting the returns in a mostly empty bar here in Bangkok. The American-owned Roadhouse BBQ was one of only two bars in the city advertising an election watch. Yet in a city packed full […]
Nov 7, 2012
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A Globalist guide to Election Day

They already did it this year in Egypt. And they did it in Burma, and in Mexico. Now it’s our turn. Yep, it’s finally election day (ewww, what did you think I was talking about?). If you didn’t vote yet…well, who am I kidding? Of course you did. If not you’re probably in a suburban […]
Nov 6, 2012
A shrine to Jagganath at a temple in India. You know the guys who made this were big time potheads, BIG TIME. (Photo via Flickr by Sureshnarsimhan)

In honor of I-502: A Globalist marijuana travel guide

My name is Sara and I smoke pot. Ahh. I feel so much better. And if Initiative 502 passes next month, there’s going to be a lot more people coming out of their smoky closets. Our state looks to be on the verge of legalizing pot for recreational use, so it’s about time we start […]
Oct 10, 2012
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New OneAmerica director aims to boost immigrant voter participation

In the past six months alone, big things have started happening for the immigrant community is Seattle. President Obama announced a new deportation deferment policy for undocumented young adults. The Seattle City Council created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and a new Washington State Voting Rights Act could significantly increase voting participation among immigrant […]
Oct 9, 2012
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Mood at Seattle debate hints that Washington will deliver world’s first pro-gay marriage vote

Washington State could be one of the first places in the world to legalize gay marriage by ballot this November. Currently there are only 10 countries that have legalized or recognized gay marriages, but all have done so through parliaments and governmental bodies. Maryland, Maine and Minnesota are also voting on the issue that would move […]
Oct 3, 2012