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On October 31, the Washington Bus will host its third annual Trick or Vote night, which involves hundreds of young people in costume on Halloween - mere days before election day - knocking on thousands of doors, getting candy, and reminding people to vote. Attractive, costumed people are meeting at Washington Hall (154 14th Ave) at 3:00 p.m. to Trick-or-Vote their guts out, then return to Washington Hall for a costume party with booze, candy, and more attractive people in ridiculous outfits.

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So start thinking of your costume now and RSVP here. This election cycle is looking bleak for liberals—Eyman's initiative is polling well, the soda lobby is successfully killing the two-cent candy and soda tax (which would generate $352 million for our state's General Fund over five years), the income tax is floundering (which would help pay for education), Proposition 1 needs support, and Patty Murray (and friends!) is fighting Dino Rossi tooth-and-tiny-nail to keep her seat in the Senate.


The youth vote is overwhelmingly progressive but it's also the most anemic. However, people are seven percent more likely to vote after they interact with an actual human being prompting them to vote, according to the Analyst Institute. "That's why Halloween's the best day of the year to turn out voters," explains Goldstein. "It's the one day that people are waiting by the door for you to come to them. How often does a man dressed as a My Little Pony or a Mexican wrestler get to make a difference in Washington politics?"

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Almost never (as it should be).

Trick-or-Vote events are also happening in Vancouver and Spokane. Dress warm. Get candy. Remind people to vote.

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