Restoring Social Trust and Strengthening Democracy

Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must take swift action to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.

A voting rights activist dresses as "Ms. Liberty," August 2021. (Getty/Alex Wong)

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

59

Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.

Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).

1 in 10

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).

30%

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%

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

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Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security

The Gender Policy Council should include the following recommendations in its governmentwide strategy to ensure it can fully leverage and expand the U.S. government’s existing women, peace, and security mandate and architecture.

Carolyn Kenney

New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (An employee loads up paper towels at Associated Grocers of New England Inc. in Pembroke, New Hampshire, on October 14, 2020.)

New Hampshire Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on New Hampshire communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class New Hampshirites are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (Front-line health care workers wait in their cars to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-up vaccination site in Reno, Nevada, on December 17, 2020.)

Nevada Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Nevada communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Nevadans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (The Park County Health Department performs COVID-19 rapid testing in Livingston, Montana, on December 7, 2020.)

Montana Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Montana communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Montanans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (A testing technician awaits the next patient at a mobile COVID-19 testing facility at an airport in Portland, Maine, on November 24, 2020.)

Maine Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Maine communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Mainers are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Georgia Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Georgia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Georgians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Arizona communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Arizonans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Iowa Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Iowa Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Iowa communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Iowans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on West Virginia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class West Virginians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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