March 13, 2012
By Sean Collins
The push to pass Fair Elections in New York State is growing rapidly. Students across the state are gearing up for lobby visits and are actively campaigning in support of making New York a leading example of how political campaigns in this country could and should be run!
Young people today bear the burdens of increasing debt, difficult job searches, worries about climate change and the environment, as well as the daunting task of creating meaningful lives for themselves. They understand the importance of legislation and government social policy in all of these areas and more. They want elected representatives who reflect their needs and concerns – a situation that is impossible today with Albany’s pay-to-play campaign funding system.
Students understand that the implementation of Fair Elections will change that. With public campaign financing available to candidates, their representatives will be accountable to the voters, not to big funders. The grip of corruption in Albany will be broken. And with Fair Elections, many students who today can’t even imagine running for office will have the resources to do so. With public campaign financing, they will have the resources not only to run but to win, change the culture in Albany, and work to solve the critical problems of tomorrow.
Fair Elections in New York will be groundbreaking and we will see the effects ripple from sea to shining sea. Democracy Matters students are taking the initiative to work for a real democracy, creating a more diverse, representative, and legitimate system of elections for everyone, not just for the few. If you know young people who would like to join us, we are now recruiting for applicants for Democracy Matters paid internships for the coming academic year, 2012-13. Students who win an internship will also be able to play an important role in this spring’s fight for Fair Elections! Send a cover letter and resume to