League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County Condemns "Approval Voting" Campaign Tactics
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County denounces the voter confusion tactics of the Proposition 1A campaign.
October 27, 2022
Seattle, WA — The campaign for approval voting in Seattle is peddling in disinformation unbefitting a “pro-democracy” campaign. In a recent mailer, Seattle Approves made several alarming claims about ranked-choice voting (Prop 1B) that don’t match the facts.
Here’s what the mailer says:
○ Claim: Approval voting would be implemented in 4 months while ranked-choice voting will take years.
○ Fact: This was fact checked by local experts and found to be false. Approval Voting and Ranked-Choice Voting would both be implemented in August 2025.
○ Claim: Prop 1B is only supported by the Seattle City Council.
○ Fact: 30+ local organizations have endorsed Prop 1B, while Prop 1A boasts no local support. Prop 1B is the real grassroots campaign.
● The Voters:
○ Claim: Prop 1B is confusing.
○ Fact: Ranked-choice voting is an upgrade voters love. After New York City used ranked- choice voting for the first time, nearly 80% of voters said they liked the system. Ranked- choice voting invites more voices to the table and empowers each and every voter. That’s why civic groups like the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, FairVote Washington, Fix Democracy First, and racial justice organizations in Seattle all endorse Prop 1B.
○ Claim: Approval voting would be free.
○ Fact: Any change to our elections must include voter education efforts, and those come with costs. Proposition 1B takes voter education into account, while Proposition 1A would leave some voters behind. Seattle Approves’ apathy about voter education is a red flag for the League.
A campaign’s job is to educate voters. The Prop 1A mailer also fails to mention “approval voting” by name. This obfuscation of the true identity of Prop 1A is a disservice to voters who want to understand the issues on their ballot.
Mary Taylor, 1st VP of the LWV S-KC, said, “These false claims paint an unflattering portrait of the
Prop 1A campaign. They are relying less on voter education and more on voter confusion – a goal directly opposed to the work we do at the League.”
Heather Kelly, President of the LWV S-KC, said, “For a campaign claiming to be about voter empowerment, the team behind Proposition 1A is not acting the part. They are engaging in shady tactics and misinformation meant to spook voters from supporting the smart, commonsense solution of ranked- choice voting. Anti-voter tactics have no place in Seattle. Choose Proposition 1B.”
The Ranked-Choice Voting for Seattle campaign is made up of a coalition of local advocates dedicated to voter education and enfranchisement. The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County has endorsed Proposition 1B for ranked-choice voting because it gives voters greater say in our democracy. You can learn more about the Ranked-Choice Voting for Seattle campaign at their website.