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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 02:42 PM

Washington state Supreme Court unanimously upholds Seattle's pioneering 'democracy vouchers'

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Source: Seattle Times

The Washington State Supreme Court has upheld Seattle’s pioneering “democracy vouchers” program, which allows residents to contribute taxpayer money to qualifying political candidates.

“The Democracy Voucher Program does not alter, abridge, restrict, censor, or burden speech. Nor does it force association between taxpayers and any message conveyed by the program. Thus, the program does not violate First Amendment rights,” Justice Steven Gonzalez wrote in a unanimous opinion published Thursday, affirming a 2017 ruling by a King County Superior Court judge.

Under the program approved at the ballot in 2015 and first used in 2017, the city raises $3 million annually in property taxes. Each election cycle, voters receive four $25 vouchers that they can sign over to candidates who abide by certain rules.

“This is a big win for the changing face of political campaigns, opening the playing field to provide more people an opportunity to seek local office,” said Dan Nolte, spokesman for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, in a statement. “If other Washington cities were considering a Democracy Voucher program of their own, they’ll be aided knowing our state’s highest court has just given the green light.”

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-supreme-court-unanimously-upholds-seattles-pioneering-democracy-vouchers-program/

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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 03:27 PM

1. Makes me sorry I moved from Washington --- not really. nt

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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 04:35 PM

2. Locking...

The consensus of Forum Hosts agrees the article is definitely newsworthy but, it does not rise to the level of being important news of national interest. Please post this in the General Discussions Forum and/or the Washington Group

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