The grassroots campaign to convert Seattle City Council elections to a hybrid district system may have enough signatures to qualify their charter amendment for the fall ballot, according to an announcement sent to reporters.
Tomorrow morning, Seattle Districts Now will turn in 45,000 signatures to place City Charter Amendment 19 on the November ballot. The group requires 30,943 valid signatures to qualify. If approved by voters, the city council will comprise two members elected citywide and seven members elected by sub-areas. Seattle Districts Now, which is run largely by neighborhood activists, says this would make the council more accountable—but voters rejected different district proposals in 1975, 1995, and 2003. Is the public with them this time around?