We know many of you are anxious to hear about the final vote results of Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets. So are we! The good news is that the delay is caused by more voter participation than expected.
So, as we continue counting ballots, we wanted to give you a brief update on what has happened so far. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since we launched the program in January, so here’s a recap:
Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets invited Seattle residents to decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget on small-scale improvements to parks and streets throughout the city.
- In February 2017, community members from all over Seattle submitted 900 potential project ideas.
- In March 2017, community members evaluated those project ideas based on impact and need to narrow the list down to 10 projects per City Council District.
- In June 2017, more than 7,500 people voted for their top-3 favorite projects.
In addition to online voting, we made sure that in-person voting options were available throughout the City and in every council district. We hosted in-person voting at:
- 27 library branches
- 30 community/teen life/cultural centers
- 11 schools
- 48 community events and meetings
This means that we have a lot of paper ballots to count (more than 2,000)! We are trying to do this as quickly as possible and hope to announce the final vote results in each council district by early August.
In the meantime, we want to send an enormous thank you to all our Vote Champions for their partnership and enthusiasm in helping us get out the vote, particularly to the staff at the various libraries, community centers, and schools. We could not have done this without your support!
And, thanks to all of you for voting!!!
Stay tuned for vote results and a full program evaluation as we gear up for Your Voice, Your Choice 2018.