Jen Heerwig is an associate professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook University.

Articles By Jen Heerwig

Seattle’s Unique Campaign Finance System Is Boosting Donor Diversity

Democracy vouchers are increasing small-donor participation in local elections and diversifying the donor pool.

Opinion

Gillibrand’s ‘Democracy Dollars’ Could Break Big Money’s Stranglehold on U.S. Politics

But it will only work if it takes a cue from the successful Democracy Voucher Program in Seattle

Opinion
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Evaluating the Seattle Democracy Voucher Experiment

A 2017 program showed "democracy vouchers" for Seattle elections doubled the amount of users over traditional cash donors, and that participants were more representative of the city's population in terms of income, race, and age.