Did you use your Democracy Vouchers? We want to hear from you.
Another victory for fair elections! Voters in D.C. have made it clear: big money doesn't belong in democracy.
"Thanks to Seattle voters who chose this program and the SEEC’s efforts to bringing as many Seattleites into the process as possible, there is more and more evidence that the Democracy Vouchers’ first year was a success at expanding and diversifying the Seattle donor base and, in the process, making the city’s campaign finance system more inclusive."
Way to go, Seattle!
How was the participation in the #DemocracyVoucherProgram by city council districts?
Of the 72,065 returned Democracy Vouchers, here is the breakdown by distric...ts:
Council District 1 - 11.4%
Council District 2 - 14%
Council District 3 - 19.6%
Council District 4 - 13.8%
Council District 5 - 11.2%
Council District 6 - 17.4%
Council District 7 - 12.7%
Way to go, #Seattle!
"In Washington state — and in many other cities and states all across this country — creative policymakers are rewriting the political rules to limit special-interest influence and help their constituents have a stronger say. Thanks to them, our democracy has a fighting chance."
Seattle is leading the way to help every day people make their voices heard!
“If we want a government that is of, by, and for the people, we need to address who can run and who can give."
"Around 25,000 Seattleites made campaign contributions. Driving the big tally, 18,000 Seattle residents gave nearly 70,000 Democracy Vouchers to 2017 candidates. For comparison, roughly 8,200 donated in 2013."
Incredible overview of voucher impact in our city!
"I’s clear: in just one election cycle, the program changed the campaign fundraising game for both candidates and donors."
A historic number of Seattleites participated in the 2017 election as campaign donors! 84% gave to a candidate for the first time.
Seattle's new Democracy Voucher Program strengthened the role of small donors, reducing the influence of big moneyed interests and wealthy donors who typically dominate our local elections.
NEW REPORT: Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers reduce the power of Big Money and expand political participation.
"King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus wrote in a ruling issued late Thursday afternoon that Seattle's democracy voucher program does not violate Seattle residents' First Amendment."
Exciting news! King County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Seattle's Democracy Voucher Program.
Our coalition's statement:
Philadelphia might be next in line for a Democracy Voucher program!
“People like me can contribute in ways that we never have before. We can participate in ways that Big Money always has.”
With the help of democracy vouchers, small donors in Seattle are participating at historic rates and are far more representative of city's demographics than donors giving to Seattle's mayoral candidates.