I remember staying up late on election night to watch the returns as a child. The unfathomable scope of representative democracy, and its ability to empower voters and incite change, was incredibly exciting.
But when I moved to Seattle after college, I didn’t even register to vote. It was clearly childish to think that elections were about voters and communities — they’re about money.
We can do better. Witnessing changes like the $15 minimum wage convinced me to register here, and volunteering for Honest Elections Seattle convinced me it wasn’t foolish to keep that hope alive. The idea of living in a representative democracy is still incredibly exciting, but will only be a reality if we limit money’s power in our elections by passing Initiative 122.
Yvonne Socolar, Seattle