Democracy On The Ballot In 2016

Posted by Jay Riestenberg on October 5, 2016

From coast to coast, voters have an opportunity this fall to vote on and approve reforms that help create a democracy that works for everyone. From Rhode Island to California, democracy reform is on the ballot. Common Cause is leading many of these initiatives that aim to #FightBigMoney and create a government truly of, by, and for the people. 

In Alaska, automatic voter registration is on the ballot to ensure our elections are secure and accessible to all eligible voters. 

In California, voters will vote on two good statewide initiatives to increase transparency in the legislature and call on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. A small-dollar donor, citizen funded election program also is on the ballot in Berkeley, and in Sacramento voters will decide on an initiative to create a local independent redistricting commission.

In Maryland, voters in Howard County will vote on a small-dollar donor, citizen funded elections program.

In Missouri, an initiative will appear on the ballot to create contribution limits and increase disclosure.

In Rhode Island, voters will consider an initiative to allow the state ethics commission to investigate and police the state legislature. 

In Washington, two statewide democracy reform questions will be presented to voters: one would create a citizen funded elections program and strengthen disclosure and lobbying laws; the other would call on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Money in Politics

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