NJ legislative elections: Public financing needed to amplify voices of average voters (Op-Ed)

Malini Guha, a freelance journalist and candidate for a New Jersey Assembly seat, pens an op-ed calling for an expansion of small donor public financing in her state.  Noting that voter turnout in the state is “shamefully low,” Guha argues that New Jersey residents don’t expect much to change even if they do vote, because the state’s campaign finance system incentivizes politicians to respond to special interests rather than constituents.  Changing how elections are funded, Guha notes, is an important way of ensuring that average citizens have a greater say in politics. New Jersey currently offers public funds to gubernatorial candidates. Guha hopes the program can be expanded to include legislative candidates.

Source: Ashbury Park Press

Date: August 26, 2019

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