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.
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
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.