The amount of money spent on elections in our country is harming our democracy. Not only does it limit who can run for office, but big money influences who our elected officials listen to and it impacts policy outcomes.
Represent.us, Common Cause and the League of Women's Voters are three non-partisan groups advocating to support efforts to fix our broken elections. There are a range of solutions being pursued across the country including ending gerrymandering, letting voters rank their top candidates, allowing participation in open primaries and changing how elections are funded to curb the influence of big money in politics.
The coalition behind the Voters' Voice Initiative was formed by members of these groups to improve the quality of representation for the voters in San Diego and fight back against the corrupting influence of big money on our democracy.
The Voters’ Voice Initiative has three goals for San Diego:
The Voters’ Voice Coalition is collaborating with Open San Diego on our 3rd goal - campaign finance transparency. Currently, campaign finance information for candidates running for local offices, as well as money spent by outside groups to support or defeat them, is not readily accessible to the public. When the amount of money being spent and the source of those funds is not known, voters feel disenfranchised by the election process. Making campaign finance data easy to find and read will increase public trust and confidence in the election process.
Fixing our political process is the only way we're going to move forward. To find out more, check out this great video from one of our partners.