Dear Group, The WA State Primary Election is Tuesday, August 7. That's only 7.5 weeks away. You wouldn't know it from the local media, but the ballots are set and the Voters Guide is already available on line. It is time to put your "all politics is local" hat on and get informed. Spend a few minutes right now for orientation. Go to MyVote.wa.gov, put in your name and birthdate. Explore. 1) Check your Registration Details. Update as needed. Have you been a regular voter? Click the Voting History button. 2) Be Proactive. Do your homework. Write down on a piece of paper to display on your refrigerator what positions you get to vote for, who the incumbent is, and the names of candidates. (Obviously, you don't need to write down the names of all twenty-nine primary contenders for the U.S. Senate Seat currently held by Maria Cantwell.) 3) When you see a yard sign or a news article quiz yourself: Is this person among my choices or is this a different District from mine? Who is this person? Your vote is a good tool. Use it wisely. 4) Figure out for whom you want to vote and why. Engage other voters in conversation about your choice. There is nothing quite like a suggestion from a friend or a respected acquaintance to influence voting behavior. For races for which you're not already sure for whom you want to vote there are links to basic information about each candidate at the MyVote.wa.gov webpage. Talk with friends who might be familiar with the candidate you're interested in. Go to a campaign event. Consider making a donation to the campaign. Visit the candidate's Facebook page(s). You'll be surprised how revealing THAT can be. Not already a registered voter in Washington State? The deadline for registration that will allow you to vote in the Primary is July 9. That is also the deadline to change the address to which your ballot will be sent. (Under the "Voter Registration Details" button, you can have your ballot sent to where you'll be and still keep your official Residence Address--just remember to change it back!) It even looks as though you can use MyVote.wa.gov to fill out, print, and then send in that ballot. Then take your newly oriented self out to a canvass. Spokane Indivisible is running one on Monday (see the box above). There are multiple other opportunities with the Lisa Brown Campaign and with the Spokane County Democrats. Come on out. Every time I find it hard to get started I remember the last time I went and how rewarding the conversations felt. These are great days to take a walk and meet new people! Keep to the high ground, Jerry P.S. For more orientation check out the Reference section below for links to Spokane County and WA State voting district maps. Know your turf!