Outreach Contracts with Community-Based Organizations

The Democracy Voucher Program has budgeted $150,000 to award to 501(c)(3) community-based organizations to conduct outreach to underserved communities in Seattle. Community organizations are asked to submit proposals to:

·  Increase enrollment for eligible residents who are lawful permanent residents, U.S. Citizens who are not registered to vote, and U.S. Nationals.

·  Increase the number of Seattle residents who are first-time campaign contributors.

·  Remove barriers to the program by distributing translated program materials. 

Proposals are due December 3, 2018. To apply for the contract, please visit the Request for Proposals page

Join our Advisory Committee!

We are looking for new members to join our Advisory Committee! If you are interested in advising program staff on communications, outreach, and policy for a city program and have a unique community perspective, please complete our Advisory Committee application. Applications are due December 1, 2018.

Learn more about what the Advisory Committee's role is here.

What to expect for 2019's election

When will I receive my Democracy Vouchers?
Democracy Vouchers will be mailed to Seattle registered voters and those who apply beginning February 12, 2019.  

How many vouchers will I receive?
Each eligible Seattle resident will receive four $25 Democracy Vouchers in 2019.

Which positions are eligible for Democracy Voucher funding?
The seven Seattle city council district positions will be eligible for Democracy Voucher funding.

Can I give my Democracy Vouchers to any City Council candidate?
Your 2019 Democracy Vouchers can be given to any participating City Council candidate, including candidates within or outside your council district.

How much funding is available for candidates in 2019?
The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has budgeted $4.2 million in Democracy Voucher funding for candidates in 2019.

Primary candidates have a maximum spending limit of $75,000. Those who progress to the General Election have a cumulative spending limit of $150,000.

How do candidates qualify for Democracy Vouchers?
Candidates running for a city council district position must collect at least 150 qualifying contributions and signatures from Seattle residents. Seventy-five contributions and signatures must come from within the candidate's district.

Which district do I live in?
Find your district and current councilmember.  

Where can I drop-off my vouchers?
For 2019, you may return your vouchers:  

•  Directly to a campaign

•  By mail using the pre-paid envelope included

•  City of Seattle Customer Service Centers

•  King County Election ballot box (when in use)

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