Good morning everyone -
As we all continue to assess what happened at the top of the ticket yesterday—but noting that Donald Trump's closing argument focused on an anti-corruption "drain the swamp" message (while offering no real policy proposals to do such a thing)—we wanted to be sure you saw some big ballot initiative results last night.
Across the country, in red states and blue states, voters supported measures to fight big money and strengthen our democracy:
- Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to reinstate contribution limits for state elections (though they unfortunately also supported a restrictive voter ID measure).
- In Multnomah County, Oregon, a contribution limits measure won with 88 percent of the vote.
- South Dakota voters approved IM-22 to increase transparency, reduce the power of lobbyists, strengthen enforcement measures, and empower everyday people through a small-dollar voucher program. The initiative faced stiff opposition from the Koch-backed group there.
- Voters in Berkeley, Calif. approved a measure to create a small-donor matching system for elections.
- Voters in Howard County, Md. approved a charter amendment that will now allow the county council to create a small donor program like neighboring Montgomery County passed a couple years ago. Council members are ready to go.
- Voters in Washington State approved an anti-Citizens United resolution.
- Voters in California appear poised to do the same, but it is one of several initiatives not officially called yet.
- In Speaker Paul Ryan's home of Rock County, Wisc., 86 percent of voters approved an anti-Citizens United resolution. Several other communities in the state approved similar measures last night.
- Rhode Island approved an ethics reform initiative.
- In Alaska, voters will now be automatically registered to vote when they file their personal dividend fund form.
- Maine voters approved ranked-choice voting.
Don't miss Matea Gold's take on Trump's rise and Paul Blumenthal's look at how a couple billionaire donors swamped what labor unions representing millions of members spent this cycle.
We'll have more to come over the next few days and weeks. Let me know if you have any questions.
Communications Director, Every Voice
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