Demos Files Amicus Brief in Support of Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers Program

Demos Files Amicus Brief in Support of Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers Program

Statement of Interest

This brief is filed on behalf of amici curiae Washington CAN!, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Every Voice, Fuse, LGBTQ Allyship, OneAmerica, the Washington Democracy Hub, the Washington Public Interest Research Group (“WashPIRG”), and Win Win Network. Amici collectively represent more than 20,000 Seattleites, and were among the community-based coalition and national advocacy organizations that developed and helped pass the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative I-122 (“Initiative” or “I-122”), including the challenged Democracy Voucher program. Amici are groups committed to strengthening democracy and representation and/or groups whose members are served by the Democracy Voucher program.

Introduction and Summary of Argument 

The Democracy Voucher program (“the program”) serves important First Amendment interests in strengthening local democracy in Seattle by combating both actual and perceived corruption in Seattle politics; increasing access to public expression and expanding public debate; and advancing the compelling interest in promoting democratic self- government. The Democracy Voucher program is a homerun for both democracy and the First Amendment: it gives more people a political voice and encourages more people to run for office while silencing no one. For all these reasons, the decision below must be affirmed. 

 

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