Here is the list of key program dates for candidates who are interested in qualifying for the Democracy Voucher Program.
|January 1, 2016
Seattle Election Cycle Begins
Once candidates register and sign the Program Pledge agreeing to abide by the rules of the program, they may begin collecting qualifying signatures and contributions until June 2, 2017.
|July 1, 2016||
Candidate Registration Packets Accepted
July 1, 2016 is the first day candidates may submit the Democracy Voucher Program registration packet. The packet includes qualifying contributions, signed petitions, list of filed C-3s and Program Pledge. The last day to submit candidate registration packets is June 2, 2017.
|January 3, 2017||
Open Enrollment for Seattle Residents Begins
Vouchers will be mailed to registered voters beginning January 3. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission will periodically distribute vouchers to newly registered voters and those who apply for vouchers from now until October 1, 2017.
Democracy Vouchers may be collected but not redeemed until after qualifying contributions and signatures have been verified by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.
|January 19, 2017||
120 Day Residency Requirement for City Council
You must be a resident of Seattle by this date before filing your Declaration of Candidacy in order to be a Seattle City Council candidate.
|May 15-19, 2017||
Candidate Filing Week
All candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy with King County Elections.
|June 2, 2017||
Last Day Candidate Registration Packets Accepted
Last day for candidates to submit the Democracy Voucher Program registration packet to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.
|August 1, 2017||
Primary Election Day
|October 1, 2017||
Last Day to Issue Democracy Vouchers
Last day the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission may issue Democracy Vouchers to Seattle residents.
|November 7, 2017||
General Election Day
|November 30, 2017||
Last Day for Seattle Residents to Assign Vouchers
Vouchers must be dated on or before this day to be redeemed.
|December 1, 2017||
Last Day to Submit Democracy Vouchers to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission
Last Day candidates may submit assigned Democracy Vouchers to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.