The annual cost of Portland Voter-Owned Elections per Portland resident is a bargain at $1.05 – less than the cost of a cup of coffee or gallon of gas for improving “small d” democracy in our city. This is a tiny 0.045 percent of Portland’s budget. Check out a detailed analysis of the 2008 elections and their improvement due to VOE. The report includes rebuttals to myopic arguments that Senator Barack Obama’s small donor fundraising and rejection of presidential public funding means that Voter-Owned Elections is no longer needed. Senator Obama supports public financing reform and small dollar donors are empowered by VOE.