The Voters' Voice Coalition is a partnership between members of the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Independent Voter Project, and Represent.us. Over the past year, we've studied the 25+ city and state public financing policies used nationwide to understand why they succeeded or failed and held them up against San Diego’s political landscape. In doing so, we homed in on the most recent evolution of public financing implemented in Seattle, known as Democracy Dollars, as the system that resonated strongly with our group’s goals, which are in large part to restore the voice of the voting public that is being drowned out by the “noise” of big money in politics. We believe that our city has and will continue to face challenges that require thoughtful leaders who are not beholden to specific individuals or groups, nor appear to be. Public financing allows for citizens who have good ideas and community support to run for office; not just those who are wealthy or have access to wealthy donors. However, unlike other public financing systems, Democracy Dollars addresses the other critical component to our democratic process: citizen engagement. When “we the people” feel disenfranchised, lose faith in the electoral system, and do not stay engaged in our political process, our democracy does not work as intended. Without our elected officials and citizens interacting and working together to solve issues affecting our community, our policy outcomes will never successfully reflect what’s best for our people and our city.
The Voters' Voice Initiative seeks to change this for San Diegans. If you are interested in making a difference in our community, please sign up below. We'd love to have you join us.
A political endorsement is the action of publicly declaring one's personal or group's support of a candidate or issue for elected office.