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Did you use your Democracy Vouchers? We want to hear from you.

Seattle is the first city in the nation to use an innovative Democracy Vouchers program to limit big money's influence and empower more small donors to support the local candidate(s) of their choice. Share your story.
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“I’m still paying rent, I still pay student loans. I think the intent was to try to get more folks who aren’t independently wealthy who have a job like I do to be able to see themselves running for office.”

SEATTLE -- Less than three weeks before the November 7 general election, the Seattle City Council Position 8 race shows no signs of slowing down. And if you haven't already, the candidates desperately want you to dig out your likely forgotten "Democracy Vouchers" and send them in. The race between t...
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Democracy Vouchers are one of many great ideas to restore power to regular voters in elections across the country!

The dream of eliminating the influence of large, private donors from the election equation is pretty much dead. Now campaign finance reformers are shifting their focus.
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"Seattle has set the example." 😊

Seattle has set the example. We're encouraging a similar strategy in Minneapolis and are trying to gauge interest among candidates.
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The data is in: democracy vouchers are empowering everyday people to make their voices heard!

The controversial program, which uses taxpayer money to fund city elections, was implemented for the first time this year in Seattle. A new analysis shows that compared with typical voters a more diverse group of people used the vouchers in this year’s primary.
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Seattle set the bar high for public election financing, and the rest of the nation is noticing!

Public financing "will make grassroots candidates more empowered to take on establishment candidates."
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TODAY is the last day to register online to vote before November's election.

King County, with more than 1.2 million registered voters, is the largest jurisdiction in the United States to conduct all elections by mail.
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"In 2016, candidates running for federal office spent a record $6.4 billion on their campaigns, while lobbyists spent $3.15 billion to influence the government in Washington. Both sums are twice that of 2000 levels."

What do all those dollars buy?
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"Seattle has set the example."

Seattle has set the example. We're encouraging a similar strategy in Minneapolis and are trying to gauge interest among candidates.
startribune.com

"Seattle voted in 2015 to give every voter four “democracy vouchers” worth $25 each. Voters can give the vouchers to political candidates who agree to limit their spending."

While federal government dithers, policy battles rage in legislatures
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¿Recibió los vales democráticos (Democracy Voucher Program)? Si no los ha recibido, ¡Aún puede solicitarlos!

La Ciudad de Seattle (City of Seattle) le otorga a ...los residentes elegibles, $100 en vales democráticos (Democracy Vouchers) que pueden utilizar para respaldar a los candidatos participantes que se postulan para el Concejal Municipal o para la Fiscalía de la Ciudad de Seattle.

Si usted es un votante registrado, es posible que ya haya recibido estos vales.

¿No puede encontrar sus vales? ¿O quisiera recibir los vales democráticos en otro idioma? Puede solicitar reemplazos o solicitar los vales en uno de los 15 idiomas disponibles. Comuníquese con nosotros hoy mismo al 206-727-8855. Hay asistencia en su idioma disponible.

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¿Recibió los vales democráticos (Democracy Vouchers)? Si no los ha recibido, ¡Aún puede solicitarlos! La Ciudad de Seattle (City of Seattle) le otorga a los ...
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Democracy vouchers are being hailed nationwide as a great way to "reinvigorate democracy." Hear that? This is how we make change!

Many observers believe our democracy is in trouble.
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"Seattle’s primary elections are a sign that a ground-breaking system for putting ordinary voters on a more equal footing with big campaign donors can succeed, supporters say, calling the program 'a complete reimagining of politics as usual.'"

Seattle’s primary elections are a sign that a ground-breaking system for putting ordinary voters on a more equal footing with big campaign donors can succeed, supporters say, calling the program “a…
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"While big money dominates national politics, Seattle’s democracy vouchers program is transforming its city elections to limit the power of big donors and give everyday residents a bigger voice."

When Seattle voters send in their ballots this November, five of their choices will have ran their campaigns funded mostly...
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"More than 7,000 Seattleites redeemed their vouchers to support the candidates of their choice. We’re on track this election to see a record number of small donors. That’s a big deal."

The article “Seattle's democracy vouchers haven't kept big money out of primary election” misses the point — democracy vouchers are working. The goal of the program is to give ordinary people a stronger voice in our democracy and encourage candidates...
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"It’s a shame that it takes six-figures to be competitive in an open city council race, but Democracy Vouchers at least allow for a well-organized, grassroots effort that lacks big financial backing to compete against those who do have it."

Back in November 2015, Seattle voters said yes to the idea of public campaign financing for city races. We won’t see it in action at the mayoral level un
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Get out and vote! Ballots are due by this Tuesday, August 1st!

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