March 10, 2017

What’s happening in other cities

Democracy Vouchers: Seattle’s program distributes $100 vouchers to all voters in the city. Each voter is allowed to allocate their voucher to up to four candidates of their choice, and the money is distributed to candidates from a public fund.

Berkeley and New York
Donation Matching: These programs work by having the city match small donations at a certain rate, say 3:1. This would increase the power of small donations by multiplying their effect and encouraging candidates to reach more small donors.

New Haven
Lump Sum Grant: Programs like this would give candidates a one-time grant to fund their campaigns, but only if candidate has demonstrated enough support by collecting a set number of qualifying donations. This would mean candidates have to reach out to a large number of people to become eligible for their grant.