The following ballot measures focus on creating a more balanced democracy where everyday people’s voices are heard and big special interests do not dominate our politics.
In Baltimore County, Maryland, voters approved the creation of a public financing system for county candidates, similar to programs established in Baltimore City, Montgomery Country, Howard County, and Prince George’s County. In Oregon, voters passed a measure that will open the door to needed campaign finance reform by enabling the legislature and local governments to enact commonsense money in politics reforms and strengthen campaign finance transparency. Oregon is one of just a few states that has no limits on what an individual can give to candidates, leading to special interests and big donors have a larger voice in Oregon government.
Alaska – Amendment 2
“If passed, Amendment 2 would strengthen Alaska’s campaign finance disclosure laws, replace partisan primaries with a top-four primary system for state and congressional offices, and establish ranked choice voting for all general elections.”
UPDATE: Amendment 2 passed.
Maryland – Baltimore County – Question A
“If passed, Question A would amend the county charter to establish a campaign public financing fund to enable candidates in the county to run for office without relying on large or corporate donors. A similar measure passed in the city of Baltimore in 2018 with 75% of voters voting in support. Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County have also adopted similar programs in recent years.”
UPDATE: Question A has passed.
Oregon – Measure 107
“If passed, Measure 107 would amend the Oregon’s state constitution to authorize the state legislature and local governments to enact laws limiting campaign contributions and expenditures, require disclosure campaign contributions and spending, and increase transparency for political advertisements.”
UPDATE: Measure 107 passed.