Candidate FAQs

What are qualifying contributions?

  • Qualifying contributions are donations from eligible Seattle residents who are legally able to give money to political campaigns under Federal law. Contributions can be from citizens, U.S. Nationals, or lawful permanent residents ("green card holders"). Contributors must live in Seattle and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Qualifying contributions must be at least $10, but may not exceed $250.
  • Candidates may collect qualifying contributions beginning January 1, 2016. The last day for candidates to register for the program is June 2, 2017.

What are qualifying petitions?

To ensure that qualifying contributions are coming from eligible Seattle residents, candidates must have each contributor's name, address, and signature on the Qualifying Contribution Petition. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission will verify each signature.

When can I begin collecting Democracy Vouchers from Seattle residents?

Once the participating candidate has submitted their candidate pledge, they will be listed on the website under the eligible candidates page. The candidate may begin collecting Democracy Vouchers once the pledge is signed.

When can I begin redeeming Democracy Vouchers to fund my campaign?

Democracy Vouchers may not be redeemed for money until the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission verifies the sufficient number of qualifying contributions and signatures. Once the signatures and qualifying contributions have been verified, the candidate will be listed as a "qualified participant" on the website under eligible candidates and may redeem Democracy Vouchers.

When do campaigns need to report employment and occupation information for donors?

Campaigns must report employer and occupation information for anyone who contributes more than $100, be that by dollars, or vouchers, or in-kinds, or any combination thereof.