2017 Special Election

Are you ready to help flip the Washington State Senate blue this year? With the help of volunteers like you, we’ve identified thousands of left-leaning voters this year—now it’s time to remind them to get out and vote! With your help, Manka Dhingra (D) and other progressives can win up and down the ballot.

Manka Dhingra marches with Roger Goodman, Larry Springer, and a crowd of supporters in Kirkland. Credit: Lincoln Potter

About Manka

Manka has been an attorney in the King County Prosecutor’s Office for almost 20 years. Her work has centered around pioneering alternatives to incarceration. For the past five years, she’s been involved in legislative work on behalf of the County in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, and domestic violence.

Manka also co-founded Chaya, a non-profit organization devoted to South Asian victims of domestic violence, and has been active in PTSA, where she earned the State PTSA Golden Acorn Award.

Manka is particularly passionate about the critical issue of fully, fairly funding education and she shares Democratic progressive values down the line. Manka is razor-sharp on the issues and has a solid knowledge of our District where she lives and seeks to serve.

The 45th District Democrats were pleased to unanimously endorse Manka Dhingra (D) to be our next state Senator.


Coordinated Canvassing Drive: Get Out the Vote!

We have under two weeks left to reach voters before ballots are due for the primary. High turnout for Manka in the primary not only helps progressives down ballot, it sets the narrative going into November. We need your help to turn out voters!

We are coordinating our canvassing efforts with Manka’s campaign and our approach is a little different this year. We’ll be walking smaller turfs and checking in with the campaign at the end of every day so that we all have the freshest data and are spending our canvassing time as effectively as possible.

For PCOs who would like to walk their home precincts, contact your organizer as soon as possible—they are happy to work with you if your precinct hasn’t already been walked:

Training and canvassing materials for all PCOs and volunteers will be held at Manka’s campaign headquarters, 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond. For your first canvassing session, stop by for a quick training with the campaign.

Canvassing blitzes start at 10 a.m and 1 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Manka’s campaign offices are also open at the following times and you are welcome to stop in whenever works best for you:

  • Mondays, 2–9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Fridays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sundays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

After your first training, contact your area field organizer to get your daily walk list. You can call, email, or visit the campaign office in person to get these. Walk lists are available on paper or digitally through the MiniVAN app (download for Android or iOS). Stop by the campaign office to stock up on campaign literature and endorsement guides.

If you are canvassing, it is important to turn in your walk list before 10 p.m. each day! You can sync your list on the app, scan a paper copy to your field organizer, or call them to arrange a physical pick up. If you weren’t able to finish your list in one day, let your organizer know and they’ll work with you to get an updated list, adjusted to your pace. Syncing keeps us from knocking duplicate doors and lets us know when we need to send additional volunteers to an area.

As with our earlier canvassing, new canvassers are welcome! All volunteers will have a script and most canvassers will be knocking on friendly doors. Experienced canvassers looking for a challenge can ask for a persuasion script to be assigned a list of independent voters. Persuasion scripts are only available before primary ballots are delivered.

Don’t forget to sign up for our volunteer newsletter to get email reminders and notifications about new volunteer opportunities.


Starting on Monday, July 24, we’ll have phone banking every day through August 1 at Manka’s office, starting at 5 p.m.  For phone banking questions or to volunteer, contact Lainie at lainie@electmanka.com or 360.431.9355.

Have an Urgent Question?

Email PCO@45thDemocrats.org with the subject Special Election and our PCO Support team will get back to you as quickly as possible.


For residents of the 45th, one of the most important actions you can take is to exercise your right to vote, both in the primary and the general election. Every vote counts, especially in local races like this one. Vote for Manka and for progressive candidates and initiatives up and down the ballot.

Primary ballots will be delivered around Friday, July 14 and are due Tuesday, August 1, no later than 8 p.m. General election ballots will be delivered around Friday, October 20 and are due Tuesday, November 7, no later than 8 p.m. Find ballot drop box locations and the answers to other election questions at King County Elections.

To vote in the general election, register by mail or online by Monday, October 2. You can also register in person by Monday, October 30.

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While volunteering to canvass or phone bank are the most effective ways to get the word out about this important race, there will always be voters we can’t reach that way. Your generous donation helps us reach voters through other channels, from printed mailers to social media campaigns. Contribute today.