Starting in recent years, I’ve had several conversations with people who don’t normally vote in local elections. Based on that input, some ideas from Davin Diaz, and a lot more feedback from folks along the way, a few of us put together a guide for 2019’s city council elections.
In 2020, that guide became a much larger group effort—now as ‘the tricitiesvote.com guide’.
I want to give a huge thanks to Sara Quinn, Erik Rotness, Ted Miller, Kristi Shumway, Jeff Kissel, Reka Robinson, Justin Raffa, Steven Ghan, Davin Diaz, Jenneke Heerink, Sarah Avenir, John Roach, and the long list of people who’ve contributed input and feedback along the way.
We’re always working to sustainably grow the process and increase the range of people involved.
Based on feedback so far, voters tend to love the tricitiesvote.com guide, challenger candidates tend to like it, and incumbents tend to... not... love it.
And we get it. It’s hard to fill out a form where there’s little room for nuance, and no political middle-of-the-road ‘safe’ answers, where candidates have to choose between two statements that aren’t their words.
But as Davin told me a few years ago, that’s what voting nearly always is—whether in office or in the voting booth—choices between options you didn’t come up with.
No shrugs allowed for voters or candidates—just decisions.