Vote YES on I-134.
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.
Thanks to the efforts of many donors and volunteers, as of June 15th we have gathered the signatures necessary to put I-134 on the November 2022 ballot! Read more here.
Next, Seattle Approves will be working to spread the word about how I-134 will make Seattle’s elections as representative as possible. Donating is one of the most impactful ways to be a part of making approval voting a reality in November.
Join our list of supporters! It takes less than a minute to share why you care about improving elections in Seattle.
We’re all volunteers and can always use more helping hands, too! Here are some easy ways to get involved:
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 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.