Frequently Asked Questions

Who received Democracy Vouchers?
Democracy Vouchers were mailed to Seattle registered voters and those who applied beginning February 12, 2019. Democracy Vouchers will be distributed to new registered voters and new applicants periodically. 

When are Democracy Vouchers available online?
The Democracy Voucher Online Portal is now available! Find your invitation code on the back of your Democracy Vouchers to get started. 

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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