Republicans are quietly advancing a theory that — despite running contrary to precedent and history, the Supreme Court appears dangerously close to adopting. The ramifications for democracy could be disastrous.
The solution to our current crisis of democracy: proportional representation and a multiparty system. It’s proven to ensure that all votes count equally, all voters are better represented and anti-democratic forces are sidelined.
While Republicans have made reforming voting rules to disenfranchise voters a priority, fewer Democrats have used their majorities to make voting easier. While there are some exceptions, there is still more to be done everywhere.
Months after voters approved progressive measures, a court blocked Mississippi’s ballot initiative process. Now, the Republican Legislature is attempting to reinstate the process, but with vast government overreach that rolls back the power of voters.
What effect do long lines have on voters and their behavior in future elections? A recent paper seeks to answer this exact question. It found that long lines have a significant impact on voter turnout.
That is why the extraordinary letters from members of Congress and Harris County officials are so important. These elected officials made clear that like their constituents, they are not prioritizing the development of legal precedent, but are demanding more litigation to fight for the right to vote.
The U.S. House didn’t always have a fixed number of members — it used to grow as the population did. In today’s Data Dive, four scholars explain why a bigger House would be better for America and lay out how to do it.
Nowhere in the original Constitution does it say that U.S. citizens have a right to vote. Instead, the authority to protect voting rights stems from later amendments and legislation, an authority weakened by the Supreme Court and Senate inaction.
In today’s Data Dive, we’re examining recent scholarship on primaries and primary election reform. We spoke to the report’s author Lee Drutman to further explore electoral reform in our polarized country.
The most meaningful thing you can do is run for office yourself – in most states, it’s not too late to get on the ballot this year. If you’re not ready to run just yet, you can make just as big a difference by investing your time and money toward local races.