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:

FIND OUT HOW, WHERE, AND WHEN TO VOTE IN WASHINGTON

A state-by-state database by Center for Secure and Modern Elections to make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

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 NEXT PRESIDENT & CONGRESS MUST ENACT DEMOCRACY REFORM!

Sign your name to show the next administration and Congress that Day 1 is for Democracy. Demand that the For People Act is a first priority of the next administration and Congress.

 

HELP STOP DISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Do your part for our democracy today. If you spot any misleading or deceptive posts about voting or democracy reforms on social media report them to the Common Cause Social Media Monitoring team!

 

Success Stories

(Fix Democracy First) 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.