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Make your voice matter in Seattle's elections

The Democracy Voucher Program empowers Seattle residents to participate in local elections and reduces barriers to running for office by providing a funding source.

What is a Democracy Voucher?
The City of Seattle provides Democracy Vouchers to residents. Democracy Vouchers are certificates valued at $25 each that Seattle residents use to donate to local campaigns.

Which candidates can receive Democracy Vouchers?
This program is optional for candidates. Candidates who participate in the program can accept your vouchers. Democracy Vouchers can be donated to participating candidates running for City Council, City Attorney, or Mayor in Seattle.

When is the next City of Seattle election?
The next City of Seattle election is in 2021. 

You can get Democracy Vouchers if you are:

  • A Seattle resident,
  • At least 18 years of age, and
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.

If you are a registered voter, you will automatically receive your Democracy Vouchers.

How do I learn about the candidates?
Visit the Candidate Introductions page to learn about the candidates running for office.  

Find a participating candidate on the participating candidates' page.  

How do I submit my Democracy Vouchers online?
Visit the Online Portal to submit your Democracy Vouchers. Find the "invitation code" located on the back of the Democracy Vouchers that were mailed to you.

How do I learn about the candidates?
Visit the Candidate Introductions page to learn about the candidates running for Seattle City Council in 2019. 

What is a Democracy Voucher?
Democracy Vouchers are certificates valued at $25 each that Seattle residents can contribute to the campaigns of participating candidates running for Seattle City Council, City Attorney, or Mayor.

When is the next City of Seattle election?
The next City of Seattle election is in 2019 and the seven city council district races are eligible for campaign funding through the Democracy Voucher Program.

Democracy Vouchers give Seattle residents the opportunity to support local campaigns and become more involved in their government. In addition, the Democracy Voucher Program makes it easier for candidates to fund their own campaigns.

To receive vouchers, you must be:

  • A Seattle resident,
  • At least 18 years of age, and
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.

Find a participating candidate on the participating candidates' page. 

Sample Invitation CodeQuestions?  Please call (206) 727-8855 (language assistance is available).

You may download or print these materials to use in your community. 

Democracy Voucher Application

Candidate Brochure

Resident Brochure