The Issues on Local Ballots: Teen Voting, Campaign Finance, Housing and More
Most of this year's municipal and county ballot measures deal with traditional topics, such as approving bonds for schools and parks. But a good number address policy questions regarding housing, banking, campaign finance and energy. Ballot measures in a few major cities seek to limit the influence of big donors on campaigns, largely by having the cities fund campaigns themselves.
"Almost all the public financing we're seeing enacted is at the city and county level," says Catie Kelley, director of policy and state programs at the Campaign Legal Center.
Voters in Baltimore and Denver could create public campaign financing systems, while voters in New York City could expand theirs.
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