Did you use your Democracy Vouchers? We want to hear from you.
“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.”
Democracy Vouchers are one of many great ideas to restore power to regular voters in elections across the country!
"Seattle has set the example." 😊
The data is in: democracy vouchers are empowering everyday people to make their voices heard!
Seattle set the bar high for public election financing, and the rest of the nation is noticing!
"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."
"Seattle has set the example."
"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."
¿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.
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"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."