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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seattle Initiative 122: Local Campaign Finance Reform



Americablog
would democratize the city’s campaign finance system by giving each citizen a set of vouchers that they can choose to distribute among candidates as they see fit.
The Stranger
Jumped ahead to their section on initiative Measure 122
The Seattle Times
Opponents suggest that most voters won't participate, raising the question about what happens to the left-over money.
King 5 (NBC)
Opponents suggest the potential for fraud.
Crosscut
Suggests that candidates can choose to opt out of the restriction and the Wealthy still has the upper hand.
The Stranger
5th paragraph describes the lone vote against putting the initiative on the ballot
I'm sure by now a lot of Seattle citizens have sealed and deposited their ballots. If Initiative 122 passes, the next election will be a little different.

Some opponents suggest the potential for fraud. I'm wondering if the vouchers can be coerced from company employees into the candidate coffers of the employer's choosing?

And what happens if most of the voters don't even participate? Aside from the newly created job of administering the vouchers, what happens to the money that was left over from non-participating voters? Does it go back to the home owners who paid the tax?

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