There's a great article published today, by David Riley in Rochester, about democratic reforms proposed for local elections.
The title of the piece is "Four ways to hit reset on local elections", but the article actually describes ten reforms including background details, context, quotes from advocates and links to resources!
The ten reforms are:
Declaring Election Day a holiday
Same-day voter registration
Running where races aren't expected
Instant Runoff Voting
Non-partisan elections + Open primaries
Campaign finance reform
Voter education (both youth + adult)