Principles & Voting

"We hold these truths to be self-evident...." The Declaration sets the United States apart from other nations. Our independence was won by blood and toil, but was motivated and elevated by principles that, if ever true, are true today.

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The Freedom Foundation is pleased to anchor our policy work on the principles that made this nation great, and to offer educational programs and presentations on these "first principles." Look for upcoming programs on our events calendar or contact us for a speaker at your event.

The Freedom Foundation is also a leading voice for constitutional federalism and election integrity. Support for these causes come together in our Save Our States project, a national coalition defending the Electoral College against a threatening plan called National Popular Vote.

You can find many updates on election integrity, the Electoral College, and first principles in the tabs below and on our blog.

2012 Informed Voter Guide reaches half a million in print

The Freedom Foundation's Informed Voter Guide had to go back for a second printing thanks to dozens of dedicated volunteers who distributed more than 40,000 copies of the Guide all around Washington State. Together with 455,663 copies distributed in local newspapers, the print version of the Informed Voter Guide has reached nearly half-a-million people. And the online version is taking our reach even farther--you can access and share the Informed Voter Guide online at www.InformedVoterGuide.com.

Get the Facts on SJR 8205

We are highlighting the facts about each 2011 ballot measure every day this week. Before you cast your vote, make sure you get the facts about SJR 8205.

Informed Voter Guide 2011

It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!

2012 Informed Voter Guide reaches half a million in print

The Freedom Foundation's Informed Voter Guide had to go back for a second printing thanks to dozens of dedicated volunteers who distributed more than 40,000 copies of the Guide all around Washington State. Together with 455,663 copies distributed in local newspapers, the print version of the Informed Voter Guide has reached nearly half-a-million people. And the online version is taking our reach even farther--you can access and share the Informed Voter Guide online at www.InformedVoterGuide.com.

Sen. Adam Kline characterizes election integrity as "unpatriotic" and a "conspiracy"

State Senator Adam Kline resigned the Sunshine Committee after losing a vote to prevent it from discussing an issue related to election integrity. In doing so and in subsequent comments, he has accused the Freedom Foundation and anyone who favors secure elections of being part of a grand scheme to disenfranchise voters. These accusations are serious and seriously absurd.

3 Things Every Washington Voter Needs to Know in 2012

The legislative process has been compared to a sausage factory, but this would be far too kind to apply to Olympia. The sausage factory does, after all, successfully produce sausage. This year, and for several years, one-party control of Washington state government has failed. It has failed to meet deadlines, failed to balance budgets, and failed to enact simple and popular reforms. This fall, voters will choose who will represent them in the legislature—who will sit in the 98 seats in the State House of Representatives and at half of the 49 desks in our State Senate. It is worth remembering that state government is more involved in our daily lives than the federal government. And state government is easier to change.

5 Ways You Can Make a Difference in 2012

Everyone seems to agree: 2012 may be a pivotal year for our nation. And it certainly seems likely in Washington state. In a system where the people get to vote and we send our representatives to local, state, and federal offices, it’s up to each of us to do our part. Here are five things you can do right now and over the course of this year to protect and advance freedom.

Governor shouldn't have right to keep public records from us

This state’s Supreme Court has an opportunity to defend an important principle on public records. The court must decide whether Gov. Chris Gregoire, or any future governor, has the right to withhold documents from public examination based on “executive privilege.”

Group tries to combat underage voting in Washington state

A local group is working to stop early registration for underage voters, because some applications to vote haven't been filed away for later use, as promised.

Time for state AG to give public officials more guidance on open-meetings law

HAVE you ever walked into a room to see your child hide his or her hands behind their back? Innocent action, perhaps, but it sure pings your parent radar. Members of the public have a similar reaction if they believe the government is conducting some public business in secret — perhaps there's no wrongdoing, but they want to know.

OG Pod: Police misconduct reports must be released

Mike Reitz and Greg Overstreet discuss the Supreme Court decision in Bainbridge Island Police Guild v. City of Puyallup. Investigations of alleged police misconduct must be released but the names of exonerated officers may be withheld.

OG Pod: Open Public Meetings Primer

Mike Reitz and Greg Overstreet discuss the basics of the open public meetings act.

OG Pod: The Politics Of Open Government

Mike Reitz and Greg Overstreet discuss how the views on open government change depending on who is in power at the time.

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Tiny Town Shows Big Problem with Big Government

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Video: WSFE union overrides worker choices

Unions like WFSE collaborate with politicians to get their hands into workers paychecks. These union monopolies get ugly, but it doesn't have to be this way.