A Small Donor Matching System for Chicago Elections
The Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ) is fighting for ALL Chicagoans of different social classes to have equitable resources to run for public office. No matter if you're rich or poor, from the Southside or Northside if you want to run for office, a lack of funding should not hinder you from doing so!
Our current campaign finance system unfairly favors a small handful of donors able to give large contributions. A municipal small donor public financing could fix this problem in Chicago.
Under a citywide small donor matching system, the Chicago City Council would contribute to six dollars in public matching funds for each dollar an individual candidate raised independently. A small donor public finance program would incentivize candidates to seek out many supporters, not just a few big donors. It would also enable more candidates from diverse backgrounds to run for office and amplify the voices of regular people.
,WCRJ is currently circulating petitions to gather the 85,000 signatures needed to place a question on the 2022 ballot, which would let voters approve a referendum to establish a Small Donor Matching Program for candidates running for Chicago Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, and Alderman.
How You Can Support the Fight
In order to collect the 85,000 signatures required to place the Small Donor Matching referendum on the 2022 ballot in Chicago, we need the support of engaged community members like you. You can join WCRJ's campaign by gathering petition signatures from family, friends, and neighbors.
Instructions for collecting signatures are outlined below. Please follow the directions carefully in order to make sure the signatures you gather are validated by the Board of Elections.
Download and print the petition forms
Sign the petition following Board of Election rules
1. Enter your signature in the first column.
Collect additional signatures
Collect signatures from anyone else you have safe contact with, such as family or roommates, and coworkers or neighbors you are able to make arrangements with. Signers must be registered to vote at a Chicago home address. Up to ten people can sign each form, and there is no limit to the number of signatures you can collect.
Return the petition forms to WCRJ
You can mail your completed forms to our office at:
2243-2245 East 71st Street, Chicago, IL, 60649