What We're Doing
Increasing representation and access to our democracy
All Americans must have trust in elections and election results. All Americans also must have unimpeded access to the ballot box. That is why national voting standards are so important, along with laws that would protect against interference with valid election results.
Combating the spread of harmful dis- and misinformation
Disinformation, whether about COVID-19 or elections, undermines Americans’ safety and threatens our democracy. We seek to define the government’s role in combating it, give recommendations to online platforms to stem its spread, and support robust local media that can counter its worst effects.
Building a new framework to regulate online services
Americans’ lives are increasingly reliant on online services and affected by their economic, consumer, and civic harms. A robust regulatory framework, paired with new privacy protections and reinvigorated antitrust action, is needed to address the threats these services pose.
Countering violent political extremism
Countering insurgent threats is critical to maintaining our democracy. As part of this work, we have crafted a national blueprint with the McCain Institute to end white supremacist violence. Our plan draws on expertise across CAP and from more than 150 conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders.
By the numbers
Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.
Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).
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42 senators, representing only about 1/10 of the U.S. population, can filibuster popular bills.
Source: CAP, “The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking” (2019).
The U.S. population has grown by about 30% since the federal bench’s last meaningful expansion.
Source: CAP, “It Is Past Time for Congress To Expand the Lower Courts” (2021).
81% of voters believe tech companies have too much power and influence over politics and government.
Source: CAP Action, “Voters Support Enacting Stronger Consumer Protections Online” (2021).
What You Can Do
Take Action: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
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Democracy in Peril: A Q&A About the Future of Elections with EAC Commissioner Benjamin Hovland
With our nation’s system of election administration facing profound challenges, Commissioner Benjamin Hovland of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission shares his thoughts on the path forward.
Senate Must Reform Filibuster To Pass Voting Rights Bills After Senate Republicans Again Block Legislation
The Senate must elevate saving democracy over the arcane Senate filibuster rules, which have been amended many times before.
Including Immigration Parole in Reconciliation Will Help Millions
While not providing permanent protections, including immigration parole in reconciliation would allow up to 7.1 million undocumented immigrants to gain long-term temporary status while satisfying the objections of the Senate parliamentarian.
The Climate Needs a Balanced Judiciary
As litigation continues over efforts to address climate change, it is critical that America’s federal courts include judges with professional expertise advancing climate protection policies.
The Freedom to Vote Act Would Counteract State Laws That Undermine Elections
Far-reaching federal legislation would set national standards to combat many new state laws aimed at suppressing voters and sabotaging valid election results.
4 Things To Know About China’s Climate Approach
Understanding China’s approach to climate is vital, particularly in the lead-up to COP26.
How Oil Lobbyists Use a Rigged System to Hamstring Biden’s Climate Agenda
The oil lobby is undermining climate action and stand to benefit from the largest oil and gas lease sale to date.
Build Back Better by Advancing Better Health, Equity, Family Well-Being, and Economic Recovery
By addressing key priorities, the budget reconciliation process can advance health and economic recovery and deliver benefits to the individuals, neighborhoods, and communities that need them the most.
Optimizing the Federal Budget Process and Timeline To Center Climate Science
CAP recommendations would optimize the annual federal climate science budget process and timeline to provide necessary funding for the administration’s climate agenda.
Fact Sheet: State-by-State Estimates of Eligibility for a 2010 Immigration Registry Update
Updating the Immigration and Nationality Act’s registry date from 1972 to 2010 would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to access a pathway to citizenship.