The Public Disclosure Commission is seeking public comment on a **draft** interpretation regarding Seattle Democracy Vouchers.
In November 2015, Seattle voters approved I-222, which, among other things, adopted a Democracy Voucher Program to be administered by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC). Under the Democracy Voucher Program, eligible Seattle residents will receive four $25 campaign contribution vouchers, and residents may give one or more voucher to any eligible candidate. Candidates who qualify to participate in the program will be able to convert each $25.00 voucher into a $25.00 campaign contribution and may use the money to finance selected campaign activities.
A Seattle resident wishing to contribute a voucher to a candidate has three options to assign his or her voucher. The resident may deliver the complete voucher to: (1) the candidate; (2) the SEEC; or (3) to a candidate’s registered representative. A resident, or the candidate’s representative, may deliver the voucher by mail, in person, or electronically by a secure SEEC online portal.
SEEC Request for Guidance:
The SEEC asked the state’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) to consider:
- Whether Democracy Vouchers are contributions, and subject to the rules applicable to contributions? and
- Whether the “bundling” provisions of RCW 42.17A apply to the bundling of Democracy Vouchers?