Internal Program Reports

2019 Biennial Report

The Democracy Voucher Program's biennial report includes a summary of the administrative processes from second implementation of the Democracy Voucher Program (DVP).

In 2019, the seven city council district positions were eligible for DVP funding. 

Key Accomplishments: 

Increased resident and candidate participation

  • 38,092 residents returned more than 147,128 Democracy Vouchers, nearly doubling the 2017 participation rates.
  • 53 candidates pledged to participate in the program and 35 candidates completed the qualifying process.  

Conducted outreach in Seattle's seven districts

  • Staff and community-based organizations (CBOs) attended 356 outreach events and interacted with more than 28,000 residents.
  • The SEEC managed $150,000 in contracts with 10 CBOs to conduct outreach in hard-to-reach communities.  

Launched online portal in 15 languages

  • 6,204 residents successfully assigned 24,105 vouchers using the Democracy Voucher Online Portal.

Download the complete 2019 Democracy Voucher Biennial Report.

2017 Biennal Report


In 2017, the races eligible for DVP funding included the two at-large city council positions and the city attorney's position.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Launched the program in under 10 months.
  • Provided all key program communications in 15 languages.
  • Attracted five of the six general election candidates to participate in the program.
  • Successfully tracked and processed 80,000 vouchers while fully accounting for $1.04 million in campaign distributions.
  • Increased the number of Seattle contributors by 300%.

Download the complete 2017 Democracy Voucher Program Biennial Report.

Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission Report

The SEEC publishes a report after each municipal election cycle summarizing the contributions raised to promote or oppose candidates and ballot issues.

Read the 2017 report from the elections reports archives.