- RCV & Proportional Representation
- 28th Amendment & Ending Citizens United
- Public Financing of Elections
- The WA Voting Rights Act
- Automatic Voter Registration
- Civic Engagement and Education
Washington recently successfully passed Initiative 735: WA State Initiative to get Money out of Politics with 63% approval statewide. This initiative calls on our Congressional Delegation propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overturn decisions like Citizens United. With I-735 passing in all 10 Washington State Congressional Districts, we are now pushing to get all 10 of our congressional representatives to sign on to The We the People Amendment, House Joint Resolution 48. Our mission is to get as many of Washington State congressional delegates as possible to sign as co-sponsors. So far three of our Representatives have honored the will of the people in Washington State and signed on to The We the People Amendment, House Joint Resolution 48, which closely aligns with the language and intent of Initiative 735. Those Representatives include Derek Kilmer in the 6th Congressional District, Pramila Jayapal in the 7th, Susan DelBene in the 1st, and now Adam Smith in the 9th CD. We need help to continue to put pressure on our remaining representatives to follow the will of Washington State voters as these Congresswomen and men have done. A Senate companion bill has not been introduced yet, but we are putting pressure both Senators Murray and Cantwell to introduce or co-sponsorship a We the People Amendment companion bill to HJR 48 in the Senate.
With the help of Fix Democracy First, in 2015 Seattle voters passed a citizen-led initiative known as Honest Elections Seattle (HES) Initiative 122. This enacted several campaign finance reforms that will potentially change the way campaigns are typically financed for Seattle election candidates. One major reform allows the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to distribute “Democracy Vouchers” to eligible Seattle residents. Eligible Seattle residents receive four $25 vouchers they can use to support the candidate(s) of their choice running for Seattle City Council or City Attorney. Future mayoral races in Seattle will also be included in the Democracy Voucher Program. Fix Democracy First has been a coalition member of HES and strong advocate in helping pass and inform voters about this important program. It is a goal of FDF to help get legislation passed to replicate this type of voucher system in other cities and eventually the state.
As part of the Washington Voting Justice Coalition (WVJC), Automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16 & 17 year olds, and same-day registration are all goals of the coalition. We believe voting should be accessible to all, and our democracy is at its best when all eligible voters participate. In 2018, we are advocating for several priorities in the legislature to help ensure that everyone has the freedom to be represented and have their voice heard. This is one of two priority pieces of legislation in 2018 for WVJC. The other is the Washington Voting Rights Act.