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"Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics" with author Tom Latkowski - Shared screen with speaker view
Cindy Black
30:29
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Cindy Black
33:00
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Cindy Black
33:47
• "Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics" by Tom Latkowski - https://www.democracyvouchers.org• Democracy Policy Network - https://democracypolicy.network/
Cindy Black
34:26
• Democracy Vouchers Policy Kit - https://democracypolicy.network/agenda/open-country/open-government/democracy-vouchers
Cindy Black
35:54
Please put your questions in the chat or you can ask it live during the Q&A period after Tom’s presentation.
Kit Muehlman
39:44
Please let it be West Wing
Evan Anderson
39:48
Neither — it’s gotta be Veep
Melvin Mackey
39:57
From an article in The Nation Magazine, I learned that less the 4% of all vouchers in Seattle were used. How do we get citizens to actually use their vouchers? Most just thew them away or put them aside and never gave them to anyone.
Michael S Goodman
41:28
Offer a complimentary debit card?
Linda Brewster
47:04
Distrust of government is a recursive phenomenon. The less trust for example the fewer mask up and vaccinate, the fewer do so, the more government is proven to be ineffective.
Michael S Goodman
47:05
Wouldn't tax reform help, by advancing the equalization of the level of funds available to a wider group of citizens?
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
54:57
What is the current status of bringing Vouchers state wide in WA?
Cindy Black
55:06
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Cindy Black
55:34
https://lademocracyvouchers.org/
Catherine Buxton
57:38
Can you talk more about how you fund this program on a municipal program? Is it similar to a matching fund program, in that there is a pool of money sponsored by city/state that is then used and allocated to candidates?
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
59:41
2021 Seattle Voucher Program data infohttps://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher/program-data
Michael S Goodman
01:00:15
So if you live on an island in lake Washington, you're very likely to donate to campaigns? lol
Rob Quan
01:02:45
Any idea on differences in $/time for a municipality administering a matching funds program compared to a democracy voucher program?
Michael S Goodman
01:02:48
Would this concept be particularly useful for federal elections?
Linda Brewster
01:03:22
Love seeing Ken but now he is on my screen and not you or the presenter.
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:03:53
2019 Seattle Report:Increased resident and candidate participation38,092 residents returned more than 147,128 Democracy Vouchers, nearly doubling the 2017 participation rates.53 candidates pledged to participate in the program and 35 candidates completed the qualifying process.
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:05:40
Cool Participation map for Seattle: https://www.seattle.gov/Images/Departments/EthicsElections/DemocracyVoucher/Vouchers_01_30_2020_Map.jpg
Michael S Goodman
01:08:02
Wouldn't disclosure of voucher use be tantamount to disclosure of how voters voted?
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:09:03
Michael, since you have multiple vouchers, you might actually give to more than one candidate - and since we don't have RCV yet you still can only vote for one of them.
Cindy Black
01:13:23
Please raise your hand if you would like to ask a question. It’s under reactions.
Ben Chapman
01:14:04
I adored this article from earlier in the year where a writer found that folks were using their vouchers for multiple candidates in the same race! It’s well worth a read. The writer’s conclusion was that voters deep down support more than one candidate, and they would probably prefer a better election system like ranked-choice voting: https://www.theurbanist.org/2021/03/23/why-are-seattle-democracy-voucher-users-funding-opposing-campaigns/
Cindy Black
01:15:00
https://lademocracyvouchers.org/
Cindy Black
01:15:15
• "Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics" by Tom Latkowski - https://www.democracyvouchers.org• Democracy Policy Network - https://democracypolicy.network/• Democracy Vouchers Policy Kit - https://democracypolicy.network/agenda/open-country/open-government/democracy-vouchers
Catherine Buxton
01:15:24
Do you have data on the racial demographics of folks who used the vouchers?
Catherine Buxton
01:15:31
In Seattle or otherwise.
Samuel Sprotte
01:16:11
Would anonymization of the aggregate donor data break the value of the disclosures?
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:16:33
Participation in Seattle seems fairly even except for District 5.Participation by DistrictCouncil District 1 - Represents 11.2% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 2 - Represents 12% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 3 - Represents 18.2% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 4 - Represents 16.2% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 5 - Represents 8.9% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 6 - Represents 18.6% of the Democracy Vouchers receivedCouncil District 7 - Represents 14.7% of the Democracy Vouchers received
Catherine Buxton
01:17:20
Do you have any compassion of diversity of voucher donors vs matching gift donors?
Cindy Black
01:17:22
• Racial Justice Advocates Provide Essential Leadership in Pioneering Seattle Democracy Vouchers Victory - https://www.demos.org/research/racial-justice-advocates-provide-essential-leadership-pioneering-seattle-democracy• Donate $35 or more to Fix Democracy First and receive a FREE copy of “Democracy Vouchers” - SPECIAL: Donate $50 or more, and we will send you TWO copies! - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate/book-fundraiser
Catherine Buxton
01:17:28
Thank you!
Cindy Black
01:18:08
• Seattle Democracy Voucher Program - https://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher/about-the-program
Catherine Buxton
01:18:31
Re-stating my question: Do you have any comparison** of the racial diversity of folks utilizing vouchers vs folks participating in marching gift clean elections programs?
Sarah Buel
01:19:11
I am a domestic violence survivor in the Washington State Address Confidentiality program, so my voting address is protected information- has accommodation been created for people in this program?
Catherine Buxton
01:21:25
Is there any template for voucher programs where non-voting residents (non-citizens, young people for example) can participate in the voucher programs?
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:22:27
That is great for candidate outreach!
Catherine Buxton
01:22:59
I ALSO think that would be cool!! :)
Catherine Buxton
01:24:12
What is the city in NH that is thinking about this? I’m in Maine and would love to know our neighbors who are working on this!
Cindy Black
01:24:47
ThomasLatkowski@democracypolicy.network
Cindy Black
01:24:56
cindy@fixdemocracyfirst.org
Christy Bear
01:25:11
Was there any voter fallout when the S Dakota elected blocked the vouchers after it passed?
Cindy Black
01:25:39
• Fix Democracy First - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/• Donate $35 or more to Fix Democracy First and receive a FREE copy of “Democracy Vouchers” - SPECIAL: Donate $50 or more, and we will send you TWO copies! - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate/book-fundraiser
Chris Mason - Chehalis/Salish
01:25:52
New Hampshirehttps://www.opendemocracyaction.org/voter_dollars
Cindy Black
01:25:53
• "Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics" by Tom Latkowski - https://www.democracyvouchers.org• Democracy Policy Network - https://democracypolicy.network/• Democracy Vouchers Policy Kit - https://democracypolicy.network/agenda/open-country/open-government/democracy-vouchers
Samuel Sprotte
01:28:32
How did you get Dr. Lessig to write the foreword to your book?
Cindy Black
01:30:06
• Fix Democracy First - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/• Donate $35 or more to Fix Democracy First and receive a FREE copy of “Democracy Vouchers” - SPECIAL: Donate $50 or more, and we will send you TWO copies! - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate/book-fundraiser
Stoney Bird
01:31:11
Heck, it's just as sexy as ranked choice voting!
Cindy Black
01:31:22
Thanks Stoney!
Linda Brewster
01:31:47
Thanks Stony! This turns ME on!
Cindy Black
01:31:49
• "Democracy Vouchers: How bringing money into politics can drive money out of politics" by Tom Latkowski - https://www.democracyvouchers.org