Seattle’s million-dollar experiment with Democracy vouchers is distributing thousands
Originally aired: Friday, June 16, 2017
Approved by city voters in 2015, the Democracy Voucher program sets aside a new pot of property tax money to give four, $25 campaign vouchers to the each of the city's registered voters. Those voters, in turn, can pick which candidates or candidate get their vouchers. In exchange, participating candidates agree to spending caps.
The only program of its type in the country, the vouchers experiment was geared for three primary effects: Taking the big money out of local politics; improving voter participation rates; and bringing new candidates to the process.