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Democracy Success Stories in the 2016 Elections

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December 19, 2016
CWA activists and allies were at the heart of these campaigns to restore the voice of working people to our democracy:Democracy Success Stories


Voters passed a ballot measure calling for the automatic voter registration of citizens when they apply for the Personal Dividend Fund. The PDF is paid annually to Alaskans.

Howard County, Maryland

Voters passed Question A, establishing the Citizens’ Election Fund and creating a small donor matching program for county council and county executive races.

California and Washington

Citizens in both states voted to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and other decisions that allow big money to flood our politics.


The voters defeated Initiative 71 that would have made it very expensive and very difficult to get an initiative on the ballot, restricting the right of ordinary people to hold referenda on critical issues.


Voters passed Amendment 2, reinstating campaign donation limits for individual candidates for state and local elections, and for political parties.

South Dakota

Voters approved Initiative Measure 22 to stop unlimited gifts from lobbyists to politicians and strengthen the ability of ethics law enforcement to investigate lobbyists and politicians for breaking the rules.Democracy Success Stories

Berkeley, California

Voters said yes to Measure X1, a voluntary system to publicly fund elections. Candidates who refuse money from special-interest PACs and accept only contributions of $50 or less receive a limited amount of matching funds.

Multnomah County, Oregon

Voters passed limits on contributions and expenditures and required disclosure of donors for county candidate elections.