I-134: VOTING IN SEATTLE
SIMPLE. FLEXIBLE. BETTER.
Seattle Approves started with the question, “How can we make Seattle’s elections as representative as possible?”
The answer is Initiative 134, which will implement a tiny change called Approval Voting: let voters support as many candidates as they want, like this example ballot.
In a primary with 15 candidates, candidates often have overlapping opinions – and many voters support more than 1. Approval voting will let voters express their full opinion and support 1, 2, 3, or more candidates.
This tiny change will:
Approval voting is used in St. Louis and Fargo. In St. Louis, it was adopted in 2020 with 68% support and endorsements from The League of Women Voters, the city’s largest newspaper, SEIU, The Organization for Black Struggle, and many elected officials of all viewpoints. It’s inherently non-partisan and candidate-neutral.
To make approval voting a reality in Seattle, we are putting Initiative 134 on the ballot in November 2022 (read more). To do that, we’ll need to collect signatures from about 26,200 voters by June 2022.
Donating is one of the most impactful ways to help the initiative make it to the ballot, and to help us spread the word about the reasons to vote “Yes” when it does.
We’re all volunteers and can always use more helping hands, too! Here are some easy ways to get involved:
Approval voting lets you give a thumbs up to every candidate you support:
As always, the candidate with the most votes wins.
In Seattle, primary ballots will use approval voting. Just like today, the two candidates supported by the most voters will go on to the general election.