THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN Washington

MAKE AN IMPACT FOR DEMOCRACY

Democracy starts with each of us—and together, we can make a major impact when we speak up for what’s right. We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. We are powerful, fearless, ordinary Americans working together to build a democracy that works for us all.

Take action! Join in the democracy work of the organizations below:

LEARN MORE ABOUT VOTING AND ELECTION BILLS IN WASHINGTON

An online database created by the Brennan Center has all the most recent information on restrictive and expansive voting bills that are being proposed or have passed in your state. Make sure to stay up-to-date!

VISIT A ‘ONE-STOP-SHOP’ FOR ELECTION INFO: VOTE411.org for WASHINGTON

VOTE411 is a “one-stop-shop” for election information created by League of Women Voters.  Get your Personalized Voting Information to find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration, learn ID requirements, and much more!

LEARN WHERE THE POLITICAL MONEY COMES FROM IN WASHINGTON

A searchable database by Open Secrets with profiles showing you who’s making the big political contributions in your state, as well as where the money’s coming from.

LEARN HOW DEMOCRACY REFORMS BECOME LAW IN WASHINGTON  

Twenty-six states, including Washington & DC, allow citizen-led ballot initiatives and have a process for citizens to get measures on the ballot to be voted on to become law. This means that a group of citizens may place a measure on the ballot through gathering signatures, and, in some states, getting legislative approval once the set number of signatures is reached.  LEARN MORE! 

Washington DEMOCRACY REFORM AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS POSSIBLE TOO!

Learn more about H.R.1, the For the People Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2019.

Urgent Action

THE SENATE MUST ENACT DEMOCRACY REFORM!

Protect our freedom to vote! Urge your Senators to pass the For the People Act (S.1) a once-in-a-generation package of proven democracy reforms. Log your call and add your name to demand that the Senate support our democracy — and pass the For the People Act.

 

TELL YOUR SENATORS THE FILIBUSTER MUST END!

Urge your Senators to ensure the filibuster does not stand in the way of passing urgent legislation that strengthens our democracy. We urgently need our government to pass legislation that rises to meet the challenges of this moment.

 

Success Stories

Clean Campaigns Act Unanimously Approved by Seattle City Council!

Two of the three bills that are part of the Clean Campaigns Act passed unanimously. The first bill passed prohibits “foreign-influenced corporations from making independent expenditures or contributing to campaigns and independent expenditure committees.” Out of the 20 largest corporations that donated to PACs in 2019 for Seattle elections, at least 7 could have met the definition of a foreign influence corporation. The second bill that passed adds transparency to political advertising by requiring “any paid advertisement regarding a political matter of local importance” to follow stricter reporting guidelines and to retain and provide records about these advertisements. These include ads ran outside the regular election cycle, requiring disclosure year-round.

Fix Democracy First

This links to a short video that tells the story of the organization. The organization describes it as a series of graphic personal portraits and compelling narratives of citizen heroes and reformers fighting for clean elections, voters rights, gerrymander reform and against dark money, Citizens United, and rigged elections.