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Initiative 1464: campaign finance

Election Results

Option Votes Pct
No 1,458,479 53.65%
Yes 1,259,903 46.35%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Measure

Washington could make the most significant revision to state campaign finance laws in decades, and create a system that would let voters send up to $150 every other year to the political candidates of their choosing, without spending anything out of their own pockets.

This proposal also could require more information about who’s paying for the political ads that bombard the public during campaign season. It could limit the amount of money lobbyists can give to candidates. It could force former elected officials and their senior staff to wait three years before signing up to lobby former colleagues.

The voucher system called for in Initiative 1464 would give voters three $50 “democracy credits” that they can use in state races every two years. The name of the person sending the credit would be reported to the Public Disclosure Commission.

To redeem the vouchers, participating political candidates would have to pledge to limit self-financing, as well as the size of donations they accept.

To pay for the statewide system, the measure would repeal the non-resident sales tax exemption for residents of sales-tax-free states like Oregon and Montana who shop in Washington.

Complete Coverage

Voters reject voucher system for political contributions

Washington voters have rejected Initiative 1464, a measure that creates a publicly funded voucher system for political contributions.

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A majority of ballots voted Tuesday were in favor of a measure to stair-step increases to the minimum wage in Washington state, as well as a measure that would allow families to petition to remove guns from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Vote no on campaign initiatives

Two Washington state ballot initiatives deal with campaign finance reform. Our recommendations: Initiative 1464: This reform effort spans two dozen pages and tries to achieve many goals. Too many. Boiling it down to a signature-gathering pitch must’ve been quite a challenge.

Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464

Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.

Elway poll: Voters split on November intiatives

Three of six ballot initiatives in the November election would fail if voting were held today, a new poll suggests.

Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington

Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.

Two more initiatives turn in signatures, likely will make ballot

I-1501 and I-1464 turn in petitions before the Friday afternoon deadline with enough signatures they are likely to make the November ballot.