San Diego's Voters' Voice Initiative is a voter initiated referendum. There are other similar programs that have been implemented recently, notably the city of Seattle, Washington.
Engage more citizen participation in the democratic process by making it possible for every voter to be a campaign donor.
Enable qualified candidates who lack the wealth or support of big donors to compete for municipal office.
Establish an up-to-date City of San Diego web site for voters to easily access electoral information, campaign contributions and expenditures in real time.
Public financing of elections reduce corruption by ensuring that no particular donor has an out sized influence on the outcome of any election. San Diego's Voters' Voice Initiative seeks to bring public financing of elections to our city. Our initiative will level the playing field and give every eligible voter the opportunity to join the donor class. The vehicle for this transformation is Democracy Dollars.
How it Works
3. Voters assign Democracy Dollars to Candidates.
4. A Democracy Fund Administrator verifies signatures and gives each campaign their Democracy Dollars.
5. Public reports on the City’s Public Access Portal shall provide transparency for the Democracy Dollars and all campaign contributions and expenditures.
6. Participating candidates can use a logomark, a symbol signifying that they are participating candidate, on printed literature and television media and the logomark would be prominently displayed by the candidate’s name on the ballot.
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The Democracy Dollars Program is unique in that the “public” funds go directly to voters.
Candidates must quality to receive Democracy Dollars by showing public support for their candidacy.
Democracy Dollars are simple. Each coupon is good for a $25 contribution to a candidate you choose.
The time-honored paean of American Democracy, the vote of the people, has become more like a sad song. Computer crafted voting districts, corporations recognized as people, and racism-fueled claims of fraud have all weakened the most basic franchise afforded people fortunate enough to be recognized as citizens.
None of these ploys are new. Thanks to technology, the scale at which they are deployed is unparalleled. The aim, as always, is to tamp down challenges to the status quo.
In San Diego, activists are putting the finishing touches on a proposal pushing back against the current wave of electoral cynicism by enabling broader participation in the process where it counts the mo$t.
Indulge me for a few paragraphs here as I set the scene before explaining how the concept of Democracy Dollars would change the local political landscape.
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