Washington’s fall voters’ guide may be 20 pages longer and cost nearly $250,000 more to publish. That’s because of a voter-approved requirement that all tax hikes appear on the ballot for an advisory vote. This year there will be five of these non-binding ballot measures.
Katie Blinn is with Washington’s Secretary of State. She says each advisory vote requires four pages in the voters’ pamphlet. “Certainly while providing more information to the public is good and a benefit to the public, there is a cost to that because additional pages have additional printing costs.”