Seattle voters will soon get $100 in ‘democracy vouchers’ to donate to candidates


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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35 Responses

  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I hate that name for the voucher, it sounds like something from a bad propoganda piece.Report

  2. Avatar notme says:

    So what is the difference between me donating my money and the gov’t taking my money and then giving it back to me to donate? Ah liberals and their good ideas.Report

  3. Avatar Aaron David says:

    If I was a bartender…

    “Aaron David for council! The kickbacks pay for themselves!”Report

  4. Avatar Kazzy says:

    How does one become a “candidate”?

    If these were funds that would have gone to candidates anyway and are now still going there but the direction is being determined by the voters, that has both pros and cons.

    If this is on top of existing funding, I see mostly cons.

    I think?Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      Thinking further…

      Using existing funds:
      Pros – getting funding to non-major party candidates; no additional costs to taxpayers
      Cons – very unbalanced funding could lead to entrenching existing power structures/major parties

      Using new funds:
      Pros – mitigating unbalanced funding but not stopping it
      Cons – where does the money come from?

      The “pro” here is only in relating to the other options as opposed to the status quo.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Do you have to give your vouchers to four different people or can you give all your vouchers to one?

    This seems to be a recipe for feedback loops.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      Time for some game theory?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Kazzy already touched on what strikes me as the most likely outcome: people will give their voucher to the parties that they’re most likely to have heard of and, more than that, they’re most likely to give their vouchers to the parties they’re most likely to vote *FOR*.

        And, given it’s Seattle, I’m guessing that it’ll be a 60/40 skew.

        Perhaps 10% of the 60% will give one of their four vouchers to a third party… but, hey. Maybe that’s the best outcome.

        The weird and obscure parties now have an opportunity to get scraps from the table when, before, they had to rely entirely on true believers.

        Now they can, occasionally, get a windfall from someone feeling guilty that they were thinking about giving all of their vouchers to the dems who caves and decides that, maybe, one of the four should be redistributed to the Nutrition Party.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater says:

          Or this: “major” candidates’ “volunteers” GOTV by engaging in “voucher relief” by making a personal “cash donation” to the voucher holder in exchange for “support” from the “interested citizen”.Report

  6. Avatar Stillwater says:

    {{because I’m lazy…}}

    1. Can citizens donate money above the voucher maximum, or is each citizen limited to only the voucher amount?

    2. Are there any restrictions or limitations on “candidates” seeking a piece of that luscious Democracy Voucher money? (Does Jill Stein live in Seattle??)

    3. Oscar’s right, the name really sucks.Report