Overtly encouraging citizens to vote, voter registration, and directing voters to ballot boxes are all actions NOT part of the normal and regular conduct of a fire department.

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What next? Use the fire truck to take them to the ballot box?
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RCW 42.17A.555 has the language, and even the firehouse lawyer should have been able to check out the Public Disclosure Commission publication expressly prepared to educate public agencies in their desire to send mass mailings meant to influence an election, Election-Related Communications by Local Government Agencies.
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Without getting too bored by all the commonsense language, read the last bullet on page 2 stating, In addition, an “objective and fair presentation of the facts” must avoid the following:

“Detailed information about the conduct of elections (e.g.ballot drop-off locations), unless it is the normal and regular conduct of the agency to provide such information in the manner of the proposed publication.”
Now get the full color flyer you received in your mailbox from the fire district. It should still be in your recycle bin.
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See that bright yellow circle where the brochure has bold-faced exhortations to “VOTE BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD,” followed by information about ballot drop-off locations.
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Per RCW 42.17A.555 and WAC 390-05-271, agencies must adhere to their normal and regular conduct when communicating with the public on a ballot proposition; it is the normal and regular conduct of elections agencies, and not fire districts, to provide information about the conduct of elections.
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All the district needed do was ask. However, the compliance director of the PDC is not aware that the PDC was asked for guidance on the brochure.
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Of another note is the active effort by the district to increase voter registration. For the past few months, every station had signs out front inviting the public in to register to vote.

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Encouraging citizens to voting, voter registration, and directing voters to ballot boxes are all actions NOT part of the normal and regular conduct of a fire department.
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RCW 42.17A.555 does not prevent a public office or agency from (a) making facilities available on a nondiscriminatory, equal access basis for political uses or (b) making an objective and fair presentation of facts relevant to a ballot proposition, if such action is part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency.
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Yet, in several ways South King Fire & Rescue felt comfortable illegally influencing this election. I am sure it was not only Prop 1 they wanted votes on.
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Alas, the administration feels they are above the law.
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For proof the fire district KNOWS they are involved in illegal activities (and simply are too arrogant to acknowledge it), just look at what is missing from their official home website.
What is missing from their  Business Services page.
And what they only offer during election time, as shown on the Bond page.
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It is the normal and regular conduct of elections agencies, and not fire districts, to provide information about the conduct of elections.

Check out King County Elections and search Voter Registration. Let me know when you find the reference to organized campaigns of registering voters at fire stations.

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