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Video Voters' Guide FAQs

Who can participate in the Video Votersí Guide?

Seattle candidates and ballot issue committees and certain King County campaigns and ballot issues are invited to participate in the Video Votersí Guide. Separate Votersí Guides are produced for the Primary and General Elections.

If three or more candidates file for the position in a non-partisan office, their names will appear on the primary ballot. The top two vote-getters in the Primary will advance to the General Election in November. All of these races are non-partisan. Only candidates who are on the primary ballot will be taped for the Primary Election Video Voters' Guide.

In the case of ballot issues, representatives of both the pro and con sides may participate.

Positions up for election in 2015 include:
King County Assessor
King County Director of Elections
King County Council Districts 2, 4, 6, 8,
Port of Seattle Commissioner Positions 2, 5
Seattle City Council Positions 1 - 9*
Seattle School District No. 1, Director Districts 1, 2,3, 6

* Positions 1-7 are Districts, Positions 8 and 9 are at-large. Voters will have, at most 3 City Council candidates on their ballot in 2015 -- one from their district, and two at-large.

How do I schedule an appointment to tape my statement?

Contact Anthony Adams at Seattle Ethics & Elections, for appointment information.

What is the purpose of the Video Votersí Guide?

The Video Votersí Guide supplements the printed Votersí Pamphlet by providing an alternate format for citizens to learn about candidates and issues.

Candidates and issue representatives should prepare separate statements for the video guide and the printed guide, with the separate formats in mind. Be aware that different deadlines and rules apply to the video vs. the printed guides.

Who produces the Video Voters' Guides?

Seattle and King County have jointly produced Video Votersí Guides every other year since 1993. Separate Video Guides are produced for the Primary and the General elections. In 2014, we began producing the Guide in even-numbered years as well.

Two editions of each guide are produced; one that includes Seattle and School District candidates and issues, and one that includes King County and Port candidates and issues.

The statements are taped at the studios of The Seattle Channel, with post-production services by King County Television. Taping and publicity are coordinated by Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission staff.

Where are the Video Votersí Guides available?

The guide is broadcast repeatedly over Seattle Municipal Channel 21, King County TV Channel 22, and other local public cable stations for at least two weeks prior to the election.

It is also viewable on line at The Seattle Channel, King County Television, and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commissionís web sites at least two weeks prior to the election. Archived copies are also currently viewable at the Seattle Channel Elections Videos web site. Past Video Voters' Guides for Seattle races are also available at Seattle Ethics and Elections Voters' Guide webpage.

Why is there a fee?

A fee is charged to help defray the cost of production. Campaigns that do not have the $100 fee, may request a waiver.

Participants who are in both the Primary and the General Election have an opportunity to use their Primary Election tape in the General Election video guide and pay a $50 fee, or tape a new statement and pay a $100 fee, or request a waiver.

Are there Rules?

Candidates for Seattle Mayor, City Attorney and City Council and Seattle ballot issue committees must comply with the Seattle Video Votersí Guide Rules.

County, Port and School District candidates and ballot issues must follow the King County Video Voters' Guide Rules.

See the Fact Sheet for more information,
or contact Anthony Adams at Seattle Ethics & Elections.


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