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This Unique Website Gives Complete, Concise Information on the Washington State Legislature

"WashingtonVotes.org is a must-have web site for the legislative session. There you can track bills of interest and track lawmakers' voting records." - The Columbian 1/9/05 "I use Washingtonvotes.org more than the state government website to track bills during Session. It’s the easiest way to follow legislation." - State Auditor Brian Sonntag (D)

Washington Votes gives users instant access to concise, plain language and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Washington legislature. Unlike any other bill tracking utility, Washington Votes is unique because all legislative actions are described - not just those selected by a particular interest group. It is searchable by legislator, keyword, and 32 subject categories, so users can create their own custom "voting record guide."

Washington Votes has all these features:

The purpose of WashingtonVotes.org is to inform citizens, community leaders, business people, media, and public officials about legislation that affects their families, schools, jobs and communities. The site empowers citizens to take a more active part in the legislative process, and hold their elected legislators accountable.

WashingtonVotes.org is a free public service of Washington Policy Center, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization that does not lobby or endorse candidates. WashingtonVotes is completely funded by private donations; we do not receive any government funding. The majority of its support is from private individuals. All bill summaries are completely independent and non-ideological and we have received endorsements from legislators from both major political parties, as well as various third parties of WA state.

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The purpose of WashingtonVotes.org is to inform citizens, community leaders, business people, media, and public officials about legislation that affects their families, schools, jobs and communities. The site empowers citizens to take a more active part in the legislative process, and hold their elected legislators accountable.

WashingtonVotes.org is a free public service of Washington Policy Center (WPC), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research and educational organization that does not lobby or endorse candidates. WashingtonVotes.org is completely funded by private donations; we do not receive any government funding. The majority of its support is from private individuals.

WPC or WashingtonVotes.org does not release, sell, or otherwise distribute (nor has it ever released, sold, or otherwise distributed) the names or addresses of our customers or contributors, except as required by law. WPC and WashingtonVotes.org are committed to keeping your personal data confidential and have adopted the following practices to assure the highest standards of privacy.

Cookies

As with most websites, WashingtonVotes.org does place cookies on the computers of visitors to the web site if the visitors' browsers are set to allow cookies. These cookies are currently not used, but may be used in the future to discourage a voluntary survey respondent from submitting multiple surveys.

You can prevent all cookies from being placed on your computer by taking the following steps. Note, however, that some web sites require cookies to be enabled in order for the user to have full access.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Users: From the TOOLS menu select INTERNET OPTIONS. Select the SECURITY tab, and then CUSTOM LEVEL. Scroll down to COOKIES and disable the two options found there. Select OK when finished.

Netscape Users: From the EDIT menu select PREFERENCES. Select the ADVANCED category, From the COOKIES section select disable cookies. Select OK when finished.

IP Addresses

The WashingtonVotes.org web host captures IP Addresses, but only those of the visitor's individual service provider (ISP), not the visitor's personal computer. WashingtonVotes.org uses the information to track traffic: number of hits, pages, sessions, etc.

Posted Comments

Visitors may post comments in the comment section of the website. This information is obviously available for anyone to view. A visitor may post a comment anonymously or as a registered subscriber.

All anonymous postings are first routed to a moderator who screens language based on the following terms: http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Terms.aspx. The comments are then either approved and posted or deleted.

Subscribers have the ability to post comments without the initial screening. However, the comments must adhere to the same terms and are subject to moderator screening.

Information We Gather or Track

Contributions

If a visitor decides to financially support the WashingtonVotes.org website by making a contribution, we will request the contributor's name and address and payment information. Contributions may be made in the form of cash, check, credit card, stock, or gifts in-kind. This information is secure, confidential and not distributed.

Registered Users

If a visitor decides to subscribe to a service on WashingtonVotes.org, some contact information is collected. This is generally limited to general contact information and is not distributed outside the organization.

What We Do With Collected Information

If a visitor decides to financially support WashingtonVotes.org by making a contribution, the contributor's name and address information is added to WPC’s publication list. If the contributor does not want to receive WPC publications, the contributor may contact WPC by calling 206-937-9691 and request to be taken off of the distribution list.

Information collected from subscribers to a service on WashingtonVotes.org is not distributed to anyone outside the organization. Subscribers may receive a financial solicitation to support WashingtonVotes.org, which is generally made through email about twice a year. At any time subscribers have the option to opt-out of any correspondence they do not wish to receive.

WPC or WashingtonVotes.org does not release, sell, or otherwise distribute (nor has it ever released, sold, or otherwise distributed) the names or addresses of our customers or contributors, except as required by law.

How to Contact the Washington Policy Center • e-mail: wpc@washingtonpolicy.org • phone: 888-WPC-9272 • fax: 888-943-9797 • mail: PO Box 3643, Seattle, WA 98124-3643

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