Seattle for RCV
Campaign Status: Victory
Proposition 1B: Ranked-choice voting (RCV) for Seattle’s primary races for city attorney, mayor, and city council.
To pass RCV in November, Seattle voters should: (1) vote YES on Proposition 1, which asks whether you want to change the way elections are run in Seattle, and (2) vote YES on Proposition 1B, which says that the type of voting you would like to adopt is ranked-choice voting.
Seattle currently uses a plurality voting system for primary elections for the mayor, city attorney, and city council, in which the candidate receiving the most votes advances to the general election. This system of voting can lead to candidates winning their primary even if they didn’t win a majority of the vote.
Seattle for RCV started their campaign to improve Seattle’s elections by making sure candidates have to appeal to and are accountable to a wider base of the city’s voters. RCV takes power away from the entrenched political establishment and gives power to the voters – where it belongs.
Seattle for RCV is a coalition of organizations and advocates who want to bring more voice and better choice to Seattle voters. Some organizations involved include FairVote Washington, Washington for Equitable Representation, Washington CAN, PROTEC 17, More Equitable Democracy Action, and RepresentUs.
The Common Wealth is a community of people across the country who have made a commitment to building a democracy that works for everyone. By making a generous gift each month, they directly support the fight to fix our broken political system: city by city, state by state.
100% of donations support the front lines of the movement.
Seattle passes RCV for primary races for city attorney, mayor and city council.
Seattle for RCV tallies more than 33 endorsements from local organizations, unions, and nonprofits.
By a vote of 7 to 2, Seattle’s City Council votes to place a ranked choice voting measure on the November ballot.
The Latest From This Campaign
Yes on Seattle Proposition 1B, ranked-choice voting: Encourage good people to run cooperative campaigns
Oct 31 2022
Proposition 1B has been endorsed by more than 30 local organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, the King County Democrats and the Washington Conservation Voters. It has also been endorsed by a diverse coalition of leaders in our city.Read More
Ranked Choice and Approval Voting: what’s the difference, Seattle?
Oct 12 2022
In Seattle, ranked choice voting is the reform that people are rallying around. 33 local organizations, unions, and nonprofits have endorsed ranked choice voting, including groups like the League of Women Voters, Faith Action Network, Latino Community Fund, and multiple district Democratic parties.Read More
Seattle Needs Real Democracy Reform
Oct 5 2022
The bottom line is that having a truly democratic voting system in our city isn’t just the morally right thing to do, it’s the vehicle through which Seattle voters could finally see the progress they so desperately seek on housing, transportation, and public safety.Read More
Washingtonians should continue the state’s strong history of progressive initiatives
Aug 10 2022
In San Juan and Clark counties and in the city of Seattle, ranked-choice voting will be on the ballot.Read More
Seattle City Council Puts Ranked-Choice Voting on the Ballot
Jul 15 2022
The City Council advanced a proposal on Thursday that, if approved by voters, would adopt ranked-choice voting for future city primary elections.Read More