BLUF: Washington State does not have term limits for governor or other elected offices. The lack of term limits and the increased use of mail-in voting make tyranny and despotism possible.
Washington just “re-elected” two people in very important positions for their third consecutive terms: The Governor, Jay Inslee, and the Secretary of State, Kim Wyman. This is not entirely unheard of. Two other governors of Washington have served three terms. Twelve other states have no term limits for governor either.
However, it stands to reason that Secretaries of State, who are in charge of statewide elections, should be most subject to term limits. Without term limits, the SOS may selfishly work to create a voting system in which she or he is almost guaranteed re-election. “It would be great if we could just vote the incumbent out. The reality is that congressional members have an insurmountable advantage of power and money that virtually guarantees a lifetime of re-elections.”
It is time for us to impose term limits on ALL our elected officials.