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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Damage Control for Budget Act

No one in Washington seems to be particularly concerned about impending, automatic budget cuts in the Budget Control Act, write Jim Dyer and Scott Lilly.

Jim Dyer, Scott Lilly

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Guest Voz: Three Ways the Ryan Budget Hits Latinos

Melissa Boteach outlines the ways the House Republican budget introduced last week will affect the Latino population.

Melissa Boteach

What Iraq Pullout Means to the Budget In the News

What Iraq Pullout Means to the Budget

Ending the war in Iraq is a major step toward putting the United States on a more sustainable fiscal path, write Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman

Open Letter to the Super Committee In the News

Open Letter to the Super Committee

To address the national debt and our faltering economy, the super committee must take the opportunity to reduce defense spending to more responsible levels, write Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman

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