MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
There is only one candidate fit for the job of Washington Secretary of State: Democrat Steve Hobbs.
Since being appointed in November 2021, Steve has worked tirelessly to ensure voting is safe and accessible in Washington state, and stop the spread of dangerous misinformation coming from MAGA Republicans trying to intimidate and confuse voters, so they don’t cast a ballot.
He’s implemented a successful text messaging program to contact people if their ballot is rejected, increased education outreach to voters, doubled the office’s cybersecurity efforts, and much more. The secure, smoothly-run August primary is proof of his leadership and dedication.
Steve’s efforts so far are a direct reflection of some of the Democratic values our party holds most dear: protecting the freedom to vote and increasing access to the ballot box for all eligible voters. Currently, he is the sole AAPI secretary of state in the nation, and only the second overall in U.S. history. The proud son of a Japanese immigrant, Steve was raised to work hard, treasure education and serve others. His family experience is why he’s so committed to including and engaging Washington’s diverse voting population, which consists of many cultures and over 163 languages. Steve has only just begun in this role, and we must elect him in November, so he can continue to do good work — the alternative is far too terrifying.
His opponent, Julie Anderson, calls herself “nonpartisan,” vehemently hiding behind that label, so she can avoid taking a stand on key issues. Anderson also holds many current and past ties to prominent Republicans, and just this week, was endorsed by the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, as well as failed WA-08 candidate Reagan Dunn, who is fundraising on her behalf. She also recently spoke at House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox’s annual Salmon Bake. Donations from the event are funneled directly to anti-abortion Republican candidates running for office across Washington — candidates who question the legitimacy of Washington’s election results, and are unwilling to prioritize voter outreach and equity. Anderson is a consistent supporter of GOP candidates in county auditor and past secretary of state races too.
Her supposed independence is further clouded by her choosing to hire two Republican firms, Sermo Digital and Elect Northwest, to run her campaign, which consistently work with Republican leadership and routinely provide misinformation about Democratic candidates and policies statewide, using different digital vehicles. Don’t worry though, she routinely identifies herself as “not a Democrat,” and will aggressively seek to correct anyone who does.
Bottom line: How can you trust someone to run our election system when they consistently refuse to tell you who they are and what they value? You can’t.
And more than that, Anderson has a track record of trying to block Democratic voting innovations while serving as the Pierce County auditor:
- She testified against House Bill 1290 requiring ballot drop boxes on college campuses — legislation intended to make voting easier for thousands of students. Anderson told lawmakers she didn’t think establishing drop boxes on college campuses would raise voter participation, saying, “I do not believe that an inanimate object creates patriotism and moves people to action.” Research would suggest otherwise. A 2017 study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Election Data and Science Lab examined the impact of additional drop boxes on voter turnout in Washington state, specifically within Pierce County. It revealed “the more the new drop box reduced a voter’s distance to his or her nearest drop boxes, the larger was the increase in probability that that voter would vote.” Funny how that works?
- Anderson also opposed the Washington Voting Rights Act, especially aspects of it in favor of rank-choice voting at the local level (something she now supposedly supports), and fought against Senate Bill 6021 to allow same-day voter registration. In a 2017 blog post discussing upcoming voting bills, she wrote, “As election administrators evaluate these options, everyone should keep in mind that voter registration doesn’t necessarily result in better turnout.” Again, research suggests otherwise. Time and again, we’ve seen what happens when we remove unnecessary hurdles to the ballot box, voter participation goes up.
Anderson has made clear her belief election administrators should play no role in promoting voter outreach and education efforts, even writing an op-ed on the topic. It’s unsurprising that during her tenure average voter turnout has actually declined in Pierce County from 2010-2021. From 2000-2009, it was 56.87%, and under Anderson, 53.67%.
She’s also made SEVERAL high-profile mistakes while in office:
- In 2020, Pierce County printed the wrong name on dozens of military/overseas ballots, with residents receiving flawed ballots.
- In the 2017 primary election, her office lost hundreds of ballots and didn’t discover them until early November, long after they could be counted.Anderson never took real responsibility, telling the press but never the individual voters whose ballots were lost.
- In 2016, a ballot insert told voters their ballots returned by mail were required to be in the mail by Nov. 4 — several days before the Nov. 8 election date. It was only after our state party threatened to sue, Anderson agreed to send a follow-up postcard identifying the correct deadline for postmarking ballots to voters, first claiming it was “not her job” to fix it.
When our literal democracy is on the line, it is imperative we have someone trustworthy and accountable in the Secretary of State’s office: that individual is Steve. While in the state Legislature, he worked on and supported every voting rights bill, including the ones Anderson testified against.
There is a reason Steve won a majority of the votes in Anderson’s home county, earning 30.46% to her 19.61%. If we want voting to remain fair, accessible and secure in Washington state, we must return him to office. And right now, this race is too close for comfort. A recent Crosscut/Elway poll showed Steve just 2% ahead of Anderson (31% to her 29%), with 40% of voters still undecided. Remember, this is the first time a Democrat has held this position in 60 years. We can’t afford to lose it for another six decades, and if we continue to put in the work, we won’t.
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SAVE THE DATE
Join us Oct. 1-2 for our statewide Weekend of Action, where we’ll make calls, knock doors, mobilize our communities, and get voters excited about local candidates, as we prepare for ballots to drop in less than 30 days. Be sure to sign up for an event (or two) today!
SATURDAY, OCT. 1:
- Vancouver Canvass, 9:30 a.m.Special guests: Reps. Sharon Wylie and Monica Jurado Stonier, Chair Tina Podlodowski, andcandidates Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, John Zingale, Duncan Camacho, Joe Kear, and Terri Niles
- Longview Canvass, 9:30 a.m.
- Burien Canvass, 9:30 a.m.Special guest: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Mia Su-Ling Gregerson
- Yakima Canvass, 10 a.m.Special guests: Candidates Doug White and Lindsey Keesling
- Walla Walla Canvass, 10 a.m.Special guests: Candidates Jan Corn and Jeff Strickler
- Spokane Canvass and Phone Bank, 10 a.m.Special guests: Candidates Natasha Hill and Michaela Kelso
- Lynnwood Canvass, 10:30 a.m.
- Gig Harbor Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guests: Congressman Derek Kilmer and candidates Adison Richards and Matt Macklin
- Anacortes Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guests: Congressman Rick Larsen, Sen. Liz Lovelett, and Rep. Alex Ramel
- Oak Harbor Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guest: Rep. Dave Paul
- Bellevue Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guest: Rep. My-Linh Thai
- Seattle Canvass (LD 37), 10:30 a.m.Special guest: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos
- Mill Creek Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guests: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Reps. April Berg and Brandy Donaghy
- Lakewood and North Tacoma Canvass, 11 a.m.Special guests: Reps. Dan Bronoske, Mari Leavittand Jake Fey
- Bellingham Canvass, 11:30 a.m.Special guests: Rep. Alicia Rule and candidate Joe Timmons
- Seattle Canvass (LD 36), 11:30 a.m.Special guest: Rep. Liz Berry
- Auburn Canvass, 12:30 p.m. Special guests: Candidates Holly Stanton and Carrie Wilbur
SUNDAY, OCT. 2
- Lacey Canvass, 9:30 a.m.Special guest: Candidate Julianne Gale, Sandy Kaiser and Beth Doglio
- Seattle Canvass (LD 34), 9:30 a.m.Special guest: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
- College Place Canvass, 10 a.m.Special guests: CandidatesNatasha Hill and Jan Corn
- Spokane Canvass, 10 a.m.Special guest: Candidate Michaela Kelso
- Kennewick Canvass, 10 a.m.Special guests: Candidates Doug White and Jeff Strickler
- Wenatchee Canvass, 10 a.m.
- Kirkland Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guest: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
- Snohomish Canvass, 10:30 a.m.
- Bremerton Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guests: Rep. Drew Hanson and candidate Adison Richards
- Puyallup Canvass, 10:30 a.m.Special guests: Candidates Cameron Severns and Jamie Smith
- Lake Stevens Canvass, 10:30 a.m.
- Renton Canvass, 11:30 a.m.Special guest: Rep. David Hackney
- Seattle Canvass (LD 46), 12:30 p.m.Special guests: Reps. Gerry Pollet and Javier Valdez
- Seattle Canvass (LD 43), 12:30 p.m.Special guest: Sen. Jamie Pedersen
- Longview Canvass, 1:30 p.m.Special guests: Chair Tina Podlodowski, and candidatesMarie Gluesenkamp Perez, Kelli Hughes-Ham, and Cara Cusack
- Auto-Dialer Phone and Text Bank, 5 p.m. via ZoomSpecial guest: Congresswoman Kim Schrier
Can’t make it, or want to help our efforts further? Attend our virtual Day of Action Sunday, Oct. 9, and help text and/or call rural Democrats across Washington state. Register now:
Virtual Rural Day of Action, 5 p.m. Oct. 9 via Zoom
For the week of Oct. 3-7:
- Oak Harbor Virtual Phone Bank, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3
- Cowlitz County Virtual Phone Bank, 5 p.m. Oct. 3
- LD 32 Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3
- Vancouver Canvass, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3
- LD 42 Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3
- Steilacoom Phone Bank, 5 p.m. Oct. 4
- Seattle Hybrid Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- LD 45 Canvass, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- LD 35 Hybrid Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- LD 39 Virtual Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- Snohomish Canvass, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- Vancouver Canvass, 5:30 p.m. Oct 4
- Statewide Virtual Phone Bank (English and Spanish), 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4
- Oak Harbor All-Day Virtual Phone Bank, 8 a.m. Oct. 5
- Federal Way Phone Bank, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- Walla Walla Phone Bank, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- Statewide Auto-Dialer Virtual Phone Bank, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- Edmonds Canvass, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- Cowlitz County Canvass, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- Fircrest Canvass, 5 p.m. Oct. 5
- LD 33 Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- Seattle Hybrid Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- LDs 36 and 46 Hybrid Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- LD 48 Hybrid Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- LD 39 Virtual Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- Vancouver Phone Bank, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5
- Walla Walla Canvass, 10 a.m. Oct. 6
- LD 45 Canvass, 4 p.m. Oct. 6
- Walla Walla Virtual Phone Bank, 4 p.m. Oct. 6
- Oak Harbor Canvass, 5 p.m. Oct. 6
- Marysville Canvass, 5 p.m. Oct. 6
- Bremerton Canvass, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6
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CONNECTIONS LAB Messaging for the Midterms: Messaging GOTV | 5 p.m. Oct. 3 We all know what to do to Get Out the Vote: door knocking, phone banking, texting, mailers, lit drops, etc. It's tough to get people to vote during the midterms and even tougher to get them excited about local elections. We need to tell people why they should vote, not just who to vote for, when and where. Learn messaging strategies that will compel people to want to get out and vote.
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