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Vote YES on Prop. 1A (I-134)

Seattle Approves started with the question, “How can we make Seattle’s elections as representative as possible?”

The answer is Proposition 1A (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:

  • Eliminate endemic vote-splitting. Similar candidates will no longer “split the vote” and all lose.
  • Match voters’ preferences better than any other system in the country.
  • Turn every election into an honest measurement of how many voters support each candidate. If you’ve ever thought, “I’d like to vote for that candidate, but I’d be throwing away my vote,” you’ve experienced how our current system doesn’t accurately measure voter support.
  • Ensure that ballots are simple and accessible to everyone, including non-native English speakers and voters who are short on time.
  • Make politics less divisive. Campaigns won’t fight each other over voters — they’ll fight for wider support.

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.

Let's make this happen

On November 8, vote yes for representative elections, accountable leaders, and a thriving Seattle: Vote YES on Proposition 1A (I-134).

Donating is one of the most impactful ways to help make this happen. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and donors, I-134 (Prop. 1A) will be on the November 2022 ballot! Read more here.

Show your support for Prop. 1A (I-134)

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let's bring better elections
to seattle with PROP. 1A (I-134).

How PROP. 1A (I-134) will empower voters

Why is this tiny change so important? According to Michael Butler of St. Louis, “Approval voting makes it hard to ignore groups of people.” Michael’s entire statement is worth a watch:

Seattle resident Debra Morrison shared her perspective in a recent Seattle Times letter to the editor:

“We need more people involved in serious, nuanced problem-solving, and fewer people involved in slogans and spin.”

Approval voting illustrated

Approval voting lets you give a thumbs up to every candidate you support:

Example of our current ballot vs an Approval Voting ballot

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.

Questions? Check out our Approval Voting FAQ to learn more!

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