Seattle Waits for '09

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Looks like Seattle is going to wait a year before asking voters to approve a ballot measure to create a full public financing program for city council elections. A citizen's commission was formed to give a recommendation to the council on how to proceed in light of the passage of law giving municipalities the option to pursue Clean Elections-style public financing systems for their elections.

Until very recently, public financing of elections was forbidden by law but this year saw the passage of the Local Choice/Local Option bill that gives localities the option to pursue Clean Elections policy. The Seattle City Council seems receptive to the idea and year gives Clean Elections supporters more time to build their campaign, and public support.