What are Democracy Vouchers?
Democracy Vouchers are certificates that Seattle residents can give to participating candidates to help support their campaigns. In 2021, the mayor, two city council (citywide) positions, and the city attorney’s race will be eligible for funding.
Why do Democracy Vouchers matter?
The Democracy Voucher program was designed to amplify the voice of regular people in political elections. By giving every resident $100 to donate, this allows every individual the capacity to participate and help their candidates of choice regardless of their finances. Specifically for Asians and Pacific Islanders, many of whom aren’t citizens, this program gives them another way to participate in the elections. Our city-level officials make a lot of calls which impact our Asian and Pacific Islander community, so it is important for us to support candidates with our interests at heart.
How can I get Democracy Vouchers?
In order to get Democracy Vouchers, you must be:
- A Seattle resident,
- At least 18 years of age, and
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (“green card holder”)
If you are not a registered voter, you may be eligible to apply for Democracy Vouchers by downloading the application. The application is available in 15 languages.
If you do not have a permanent address you may register at a location where you spend a substantial part of your time or pick up mail. This could be a previously permanent address, shelter, or similar place. If you have additional questions about your situation, please contact the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission by calling (206) 727-8855 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for Democracy Vouchers (for non-citizens):
Information in other languages: