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Summary
Reports (C4's)
4/1-4/30/01
3/1-3/31/01
2/1-2/28/01
12/1-12/31/00
11/1-11/30/00
10/1-10/31/00
9/1-9/30/00
8/1-8/31/00
7/1-7/31/00
6/1-6/30/00
5/1-5/31/00
4/1-4/30/00
3/1-3/31/00
2/1-2/29/00
1/1-1/31/00
12/1-12/31/99
10/26-11/30/99
10/6-10/25/99
9/1-10/3/99
8/1-8/31/99
7/1-7/31/99
6/1-6/30/99
5/1-5/31/99
4/1-4/30/99
3/1-3/31/99
2/1-2/28/99
1/1-1/31/99
12/1-12/31/98
11/1-11/30/98
10/1-10/31/98
9/1-9/30/98
8/1-8/31/98
7/1-7/31/98
6/1-6/30/98
5/1-5/31/98
4/1-4/30/98
3/1-3/31/98
2/1-2/28/98
1/1-1/31/98
12/1-12/31/97
10/28-11/30/97
10/10-10/27/97
9/9-10/9/97
8/22-9/8/97
7/1-8/21/97
6/1-6/30/97
5/1-5/31/97
4/1-4/30/97
3/1-3/31/97
2/1-2/28/97
1/1-1/31/97
12/1-12/31/96
11/1-11/30/96
10/1-10/31/96
9/1-9/30/96
8/1-8/31/96
7/1-7/31/96
6/1-6/30/96
5/1-5/31/96
4/1-4/30/96
3/1-3/31/96
2/1-2/29/96
1/1-1/31/96
12/1-12/31/95
11/1-11/30/95
10/13-10/31/95
9/30-10/12/95
9/12-9/29/95
8/25-9/11/95
7/1-8/24/95
6/1-6/30/95
5/1-5/31/95
4/1-4/30/95
3/1-3/31/95
2/1-2/28/95
1/1-1/31/95
12/1-12/31/94
11/1-11/30/94
10/1-10/31/94
9/16-9/30/94
9/2-9/15/94
 
Bank
Deposits (C3's)
4/11/01
3/31/01
12/27/00
10/10/00
9/27/00
9/5/00
7/6/00
5/1/00
3/24/00
3/29/99
2/23/99
2/18/99
2/2/99
1/25/99
1/14/99
12/31/98
12/18/98
6/26/98
1/14/98
12/5/97
10/24/97
9/29/97
9/8/97
8/26/97
8/14/97
7/30/97
7/7/97
4/3/97
3/13/97
1/9/97
9/20/96
8/1/96
7/1/96
5/3/96
4/1/96
2/9/96
1/23/96
1/2/96
12/17/95
11/17/95
10/13/95
9/15/95
7/14/95
6/19/95
6/2/95
5/27/95
5/26/95
5/15/95
4/28/95
3/22/95
2/23/95
2/17/95
1/24/95
1/10/95
12/17/94
11/30/94
11/18/94
10/18/94
9/28/94
9/9/94
9/9/94
9/2/94
 
Committee
Registration
(C1)
1/31/00
 
  Committee Name, Address, Phone Number & Contact Person
  Citizens for Proportional Representation
  PO Box 20534
  Seattle, WA 98102-1534
  Phone: (206) 285-2460
  Contact: Janet Anderson
   
  Ballot Issue Contested
  For the following Ballot Title:

Shall Seattle's city charter be amended for the purpose of electing the Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney through preference voting, which achieves more proportional representation by allowing voters to rank candidates in the order of their preference?

   
  Status of Campaign
  Proposition not scheduled for ballot
   
  Complete Text of Ballot Issue Contested
  This Charter Amendment adds new language to the existing city charter as follows:

ARTICLE XVIII: ELECTIONS, Section 1. ELECTIONS; GENERAL AND SPECIAL:
(new Subdivision)
Subdivision B. PREFERENCE VOTING:

First. DEFINITION, PRINCIPLE, AND APPLICABILITY:

(a) DEFINITION: “Preference Voting” shall be defined as that voting system which achieves proportional representation by allowing voters to rank candidates for a given office in the order of their preference, according to the method described in Article XVIII, Section 1, subdivision B, Third; and by tabulating votes according to the rules described in Article XVIII, Section 1, subdivision B, Fifth.

(b) PRINCIPLE: Preference Voting tabulates votes based on the principle that any vote cast which would not otherwise help elect a voter’s most preferred candidate(s), shall be used to help elect that voter’s next-most preferred candidate(s). Thus, if a voter’s first choice among the candidates receives more than enough votes to win, the surplus proportion of that vote will be transferred to that voter’s second or succeeding (next-highest ranking) choice. Alternatively, if a voter’s first choice candidate is eliminated, that vote instead will be cast for the voter’s second or succeeding (next-highest ranking) choice.

(c) APPLICABILITY: Preference voting shall apply to all elections for Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council, both primary and general, commencing with the September, 1997 primary election, and all municipal elections thereafter.

Second. CONCURRENT ELECTIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL: The four (4) city council members to be elected in 1997 shall serve two-year terms. Commencing in 1999, and every four (4) years thereafter, all nine City Council members shall be elected concurrently to serve four-year terms.

Third. PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS, RANKING OF CANDIDATES:

(a) CITY COUNCIL: Primary elections for the City Council shall be used to select eighteen (18) candidates for the following general election, and voters shall be allowed to express preferences for up to nine (9) candidates on the primary ballot. The only exception shall be the September, 1997 primary election, in which eight (8) continuing candidates shall be selected. In City Council general elections, voters shall be allowed to express up to nine (9) preferences.

(b) MAYOR AND CITY ATTORNEY: Primary elections for Mayor and City Attorney shall be used to select three (3) candidates for each office, and voters shall be allowed to express up to five (5) preferences for each office. In Mayor and City Attorney general elections, voters shall be allowed to express up to two (2) preferences.

(c) No primary election is necessary if the number of declared candidates is equal to or lower than the number of continuing candidates specified for that office.

Fourth. BALLOT SPECIFICATIONS AND DIRECTIONS TO VOTERS:  Ballots shall be simple and easy to understand. Sample ballots illustrating voting procedures shall be posted in or near the voting booth, and included in the instruction packet of absentee ballots. Directions provided to voters shall conform substantially to the following specifications:

(a) For Primary elections:

DIRECTIONS TO VOTERS

CITY COUNCIL: Vote for up to 9 council candidates in your order of preference. Indicate your first choice by marking an “X” in column 1 next to that candidate’s name, your second choice by marking an “X” in column 2, and so on. Do not assign any two candidates the same preference.

MAYOR AND CITY ATTORNEY: Indicate your first choice by marking an “X” in column 1 next to that candidate’s name, your second choice by marking an “X” in column 2, and so on. You may express as many choices as you wish up to five. Do not assign any two candidates the same preference.

(b) For general elections, the directions shall be the same, except that the “Mayor and City Attorney” instructions shall be amended to read:
MAYOR AND CITY ATTORNEY: Indicate your first choice by marking an “X” in column 1 next to that candidate’s name, your second choice by marking an “X” in column 2. Do not assign any two candidates the same preference. If you wish, choose only one candidate.
Fifth. TABULATION OF VOTES: In accordance with the principle expressed in Article XVIII, Section 1, Subdivision B, First, Principle, ballots shall be counted by election authorities according to the following rules:

(a) DETERMINATION OF THRESHOLDS: For any given election, the number of votes necessary for a candidate to guarantee an elected position, or, in the case of primaries, to guarantee a place on the general ballot, shall be termed the “threshold”. The threshold is used to determine transferrable surpluses as defined in (b)(1) below.

For general elections the threshold shall be determined by dividing the number of valid ballots for that office by the number of positions to be filled. For primary elections the threshold shall be determined by dividing the number of valid ballots for that office by the number of candidates whose names will appear on the general election ballot, as specified in Article XVIII, Section 1, Subdivision B, Third.

(b) RULES REGARDING TRANSFER OF VOTES: The following rules regarding vote transfer shall apply to all stages of the tabulation:

(1) Votes acquired by a candidate in excess of the threshold for that election shall be termed his or her “surplus”. A candidate’s surplus votes stall be transferred according to the following rule: transfer a portion of each vote determined by dividing the surplus of the candidate by the total number of votes for that candidate. For example, if a candidate receives 15,000 votes in an election whose threshold is 10,000, one-third (.3333) of a vote from each of those 15,000 ballots is transferred to those voters’ next choices. Votes cast for candidates who are eliminated (as described in (c)(3) below) shall be transferred in their entirety to those voters’ next preference(s).
(2) Votes may not be transferred to candidates who have already met the threshold, nor may votes be transferred to candidates who have been eliminated. When a voter’s next preference is not eligible for receipt of transferred votes, that vote (or portion of a vote) shall be transferred to the voter’s next indicated preference until all preferences on that ballot have been exhausted.
(3) If a voter omits or mistakenly designates any preference on his or her ballot, the vote shall be transferred to that voter’s next clearly indicated preference.
(4) Any votes cast for eligible write-in candidates shall be tabulated in the same manner as those for candidates whose names are printed on the ballots; provided that the voter assigns any such candidate a preference in relation to other candidates appearing on the ballot for that office.
(c) STAGES IN THE TABULATION:
(1) Vote counting shall start with a tabulation of first-choice votes and with the transfer of a proportion of all surplus votes according to the rules specified in (b) above. Transfer of surpluses shall commence with the candidate having the largest surplus and proceed successively to the candidates with the next largest surplus.

(2) If the transfer of surplus votes to voters’ next-choice candidates creates a new surplus, then a proportion of these votes shall be transferred to those voters’ succeeding choices, until all surpluses have been transferred or all declared preferences on a ballot have been exhausted.

(3) When all surplus votes have been distributed in this manner, a tally shall be taken and the candidate with the least number of votes shall be eliminated. Votes for this candidate shall be transferred in their entirety to the candidates named as succeeding choices on the eliminated candidate’s ballots. Any surpluses created by the transfer shall once again be transferred, a new tally taken, and the candidate with the least number of votes eliminated. This process shall continue until the number of candidates remaining matches the number of positions to be filled (general elections), or candidates to appear on the general election ballot (primary elections). Votes of the candidate last eliminated shall be transferred and the election shall be at an end.

(d) DETERMINATIONS IN THE CASE OF A TIE: For ties between candidates occurring at any stage in the tabulation, determinations shall be made based on whomever was credited with the most votes at the previous stage of tabulation. In the case of any tie to which a previous stage does not apply, the tie shall be resolved in accordance with the general election laws of Washington.

(e) FILLING A CITY COUNCIL VACANCY: Any vacancy of an elected City Council member shall be filled by recounting the ballots from the general election which elected that member, in the manner specified herein for general elections, except that the vacating member’s name shall be deleted from all ballots. The candidate accruing the most votes in the recount that was not elected to office in the original count shall fill the vacancy. For the purpose of filling City Council vacancies, all general election ballots shall be retained by election authorities for at least four years.

Sixth. PROVISION FOR CHANGE OF VOTING METHOD: The Council or election authorities may provide for the use of mechanical, electronic or other devices for marking, sorting and counting the ballots and tabulating the results, and may modify the form of the ballots, the directions to voters, and the details with respect to the method of marking, sorting, counting, invalidating, and retaining of ballots, and the tabulating and transferring of votes, provided that no change shall be made which will alter the intent or principles embodied in this Subsection.

Seventh. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE: If any part of this Subsection is declared unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining parts shall survive in full force and effect. If a conflict arises between this amendment and any other provision of law, the policies and purposes of this amendment shall govern.

ARTICLE XX, CHARTER AMENDMENTS
(new Section)

Section 3. CONFLICTING CHARTER AMENDMENTS: If two or more charter amendments are passed in the same election which in their execution would substantially hinder each other, both amendments shall be placed on the next municipal election ballot, and the voters shall choose between them. The amendment with the highest vote count shall be adopted.

 
 
 
 
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