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Changes to City elections laws discussed in committee tomorrow


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Tomorrow (Wednesday 9/19), the Government Performance and Finance Committee will discuss and vote on proposed changes to local elections law that I am championing. I wrote about the two ideas earlier this summer, but, to recap, I am proposing that we change Seattle’s elections  laws in two ways:

  • Restrict fundraising by all candidates in city races until January 1 of an election year.  This creates a nearly three year window when elected officials are not raising money while making policy.
  • Prohibit rolling over surplus funds between races.  At the end of an election cycle if a candidate has any funds left over, they must return it to donors or donate it to a cause of their choice.

What do you think about these ideas? Join us for testimony tomorrow to let us know, or email the Council at council@seattle.gov.

Government Performance and Finance Committee
Wednesday September 19
9am (note: earlier start time)
Council Chambers, City Hall (600 4th Avenue)
Public Testimony: 2 minutes per person at 9am

Read more about the legislation at the Elections Reform page we created.

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