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City of Federal Way

Proposition No. 1
Elections for Citizen Initiative Petitions Restricted to the General Elections

Shall the Federal Way Revised Code Section 1.30.160 (2) be amended to restrict the submission of all Citizen Initiative Petitions to the general elections because the voter participation is historically higher at general elections and to avoid the added expense of a special election?



Current law: Upon receipt of a certified citizen initiative, the City Council may adopt the initiative or a special election must be held unless a general election is within 120 days.

The ballot proposition would restrict the voting on citizen initiatives to general elections in November because more citizens historically participate, and because avoiding the cost of a special election could save the City hundreds of thousands of dollars.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Pat Richardson - City Attorney 253-835-2562 •

Initiatives should be voted with General Elections when the greatest numbers of voters participate.  Per King County, approximately 45% of Federal Way residents are registered voters.  In election years 2011, 2009, 2007, 41% - 45% of registered voters voted in the General election; while 23% -26% voted in the Primary.  Initiatives on the General Election ballot reach significantly more people.  The timing of National and local General Elections generates more voter interest and greater turnout. Often, in August, people are on vacation, involved in summer activities and less likely to vote in Primaries.  Important initiatives brought to the public should be held when the greatest number of voters participate.  Otherwise fewer voters make key decisions for the greater population.  General Election initiatives make financial sense. The cost/benefit is greater as more people vote in the General Election and costs are included in overall election expenses. Initiatives with no ongoing election in August would generate 100% cost to the City. The key is assuring that the largest number of voters weigh in on an issue.

Statement submitted by: Linda Purlee and Bruce Martinez

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple Majority (RCW 35A.06.050)

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