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What Are “Democracy Vouchers?”

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Seattle is experimenting with a new voting program. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Francesca Fiorentini,
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“Could Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher program help homeless people direct city policy?

That’s the argument being made by the Jon Grant campaign, which on Tuesday announced it has collected $76,000 worth in vouchers, a total that’s been aided by the campaign’s effort to enroll the homeless in the program.

“Seattle has been particularly cruel to its homeless community members by constantly sweeping encampments. If the homeless were brought into the political process and could access democracy vouchers to fund candidates who fight for their interests Seattle might start taking a more compassionate approach,” Grant said in a press release.

It’s a provocative idea. As we reported last fall, the homeless have a keen interest in public policy, as elected officials debate their rights. However, they face serious barriers to participating in the political process.”*

Read more here: http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/jon-grant-says-hes-signing-seattles-homeless-up-for-democracy-vouchers/

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