To Fight Apathy, Viewing Electoral Participation as Collective, Not Solitary, Act

President Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. At all levels, candidates have been responding to this in part by encouraging constituents to vote. But Knight Foundation research into voter participation in the 2016 presidential election found that around 43% of eligible voters did not cast a ballot.

Board of Supervisors, District 11 — November 2020

In this race, we asked candidates: “According to data from the 2012-2016 American Communities Survey, this district has the highest proportion of residents whose language spoken at home is not English, and the second-highest proportions of Asian and Latino residents, among all the supervisorial districts. How will you advocate for these communities at City Hall?”

Board of Supervisors, District 7 — November 2020

In this race, we asked candidates: “This district has one of the highest proportions of housing units that are owner-occupied in the city, according to 2012-2016 Census Bureau data. It is also among the higher-income districts in the city. To what extent is protecting homeowners who live in their properties a priority for you in the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and how will you ensure they stay safe in their homes?”

Board of Supervisors, District 5 — November 2020

In this race, we asked candidates: “Opinions in this district have been deeply divided on the topic of city-approved encampments for people experiencing homelessness and whether or how the city should provide tents, hotel rooms or other accommodations for homeless people. How should City Hall respond to the need for shelter in this district and the concerns of business owners and housed residents?”

Board of Supervisors, District 3 — November 2020

In this race, we asked candidates: “San Francisco’s permitting process for both new development, like housing, and new uses of existing space, like new businesses, is complex and lengthy. What opportunities for reforming that process do you see, and what parts of the process do you think are important and should be preserved?”

Board of Supervisors, District 1 — November 2020

In this race, we asked candidates: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to economic recession and has overwhelmed some city resources, like financial assistance for small businesses, while others, like public transportation, are cut back. With all this in mind, what do you think City Hall should prioritize to support small business owners?”