Candidate FAQs

When was the last day to return Democracy Vouchers to the SEEC for 2017?
The last day for campaigns to return all vouchers to the SEEC was December 1, 2017.

When is the next City of Seattle election?
The next City of Seattle election is in 2019. The seven city council district races are eligible for campaign funding through the Democracy Voucher Program.  

When may candidates begin qualifying for the Democracy Voucher Program?
Candidates may begin collecting qualifying contributions for the Democracy Voucher Program beginning January 1, 2018.

How many qualifying contributions are required to qualify for the program?
Candidates running for a city council district position must collect at least 150 qualifying contributions from Seattle residents. Seventy-five contributions must come from within the candidate's district.  

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, 2018.

What is the residency requirement for candidates?
Candidates must reside in the district they wish to represent for at least 120 days prior to filing for office. The deadline for residency is January 17, 2019.  

How do I get started?
Before beginning or announcing a campaign, please contact the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission for more information or to schedule a campaign training.