Democracy Dollars: Creating a More Democratic System in Oakland

Digital Discourse


Aerial view of Bay Area, Oakland central

What if every city voter, regardless of income, could donate in local elections? This is the new reality in Oakland, thanks to the passage of Measure W in the November 2022 election. Modeled after a Seattle-based initiative, Measure W established a public campaign finance program in Oakland known as Democracy Dollars. Starting with the 2024 election, every Oakland resident over the age of 18 will be offered $100, in the form of four $25 vouchers, to donate to their preferred local candidates. Join us for a panel discussion exploring the origins of Democracy Dollars and its goal to equitably involve all Oakland residents in the political process.

  • Gail Wallace / League of Women Voters Oakland

  • Jonathan Mehta Stein / California Common Cause

  • Suzanne Doran / Oakland Public Ethics Commission

  • Ryan Micik / Oakland Public Ethics Commission

  • Wayne Barnett / Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission


This event is co-presented by the League of Women Voters of Oakland.




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