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The Citizen Election Reform Guide

Increasing voter turnout means increasing opportunities to vote. Some ideas to fix our broken system


When it comes to voting, our democracy is broken. In the last Mayoral election in 2015, just 25 percent of registered voters came out to the polls to decide who would run this city for (probably) the next eight years. In 2013, the last time there was a race for District Attorney, just 11.4 percent of eligible Philadelphians voted.

That is on us: Every citizen should vote, period. But it is also a symptom of an electoral system that puts up roadblocks to easy voting. That’s why we’ve been chronicling ways to fix this problem. This guide offers several solutions. But it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. Let us know if you have other ideas.

End Gerrymandering

Because better redistricting ensures fairer elections

Hold Even Year Elections

Because in even years, turnout is (relatively) robust

Enact Mandatory Voting

Because when eligible residents are required by law to vote, they actually do

Encourage Competition

Because people want to vote in interesting elections

Hold Open Primaries

Because Independents are the fastest-growing segment of voters in Philly

Make Election Day a Holiday

So more people can show up to vote

Lower The Voting Age

Because the sooner people start to vote, the more likely they are to be lifetime voters

Enact Ranked Choice Voting

It could have prevented Donald Trump’s Republican nomination

It Pays To Vote

Vote...and (maybe) win $5,000

CONTACT YOUR ELECTEDS

Let them know you want election reform.