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Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

The 19th

Barbara Rodriguez

25 September 2020

Washington, United States

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A newly established PAC in Washington state aims to increase the likelihood of Black women being elected to Washington State Legislature by eliminating the financial barrier that often impedes candidates from running ...

Yes! Magazine

Lynsi Burton

10 January 2020

Maine, United Arab Emirates

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Already adopted in eighteen cities and five states, ranked choice voting, a system where voters rank candidates running in an election from their first to last choice, is growing in popularity across the United States...

City Limits

Kate Pastor

9 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York City's campaign finance system has offered a blueprint for a similar statewide system. Since it was implemented, the city's campaign finance program, which awards public funds up to a certain limit to candida...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

12 June 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, taxpayers are funding a program called democracy vouchers, in which registered voters and other eligible residents receive $25 vouchers that they can contribute toward city council races. In this program u...

Vox

Sarah Kliff

5 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle tripled the number of people who contributed to local political campaigns by giving each resident $100 in “democracy vouchers” to contribute to the candidate of their choice. The concept was to counter the eff...

CityLab

Tanvi Misra

8 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle residents receive cash vouchers to contribute to local campaigns of their choosing. The taxpayer-funded program aims to broaden political participation and counter the influence of big donors. The idea is spre...

Los Angeles Times

Hedrick Smith

1 December 2016

South Dakota, United States

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Ninety percent of Americans believe that the political system is broken and nothing can be done. Yet in 2016, South Dakota a state with low probability for political reform became the first state in a decade to adopt ...

Reclaim the American Dream

Hedrick Smith

28 November 2016

Eastsound, Washington, United States

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In 2016, the US had a historically large populist backlash against the political establishment. This inspired Hedric Smith to highlight where and how political reform in the US has succeeded or failed in an Orcas Curr...

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