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
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A Single Courageous State: Climate, Jobs, and Justice, Episode 1
Rep. Jamie Long discusses Minnesota’s recent progress on clean vehicles, energy efficiency standards, the Line 3 pipeline, just transition, and environmental justice, as well as what’s next.
Qualified Immunity and the Bivens Doctrines Explained
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‘We Need To Take Away Children’: Former Administration Officials Were ‘Driving Force’ Behind Family Separation Policy
The horrors of family separation and the lasting harms of these policies on children shall remain in the minds of every American.
4 Ways Religious Communities Can Ensure a Safe and Fair Election
This video from faith leaders explains four concrete, nonpartisan ways that religious communities can support the 2020 election.
Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court's decisions this term on reproductive health are a reminder of the need for proactive policies that protect reproductive rights.
Environmental Review Is Under Attack: Here Is What’s at Stake
Moms Clean Air Force advocate Eleanor Bell shares how the National Environmental Policy Act, currently under attack by the Trump administration, protects communities like hers.
‘It Would Bring so Much Relief to so Many People:’ How Washington’s Clean Slate Legislation Could Give People a Second Chance
Carolina earned her second chance; Washington should let her have it.
End Gerrymandering To Help Prevent Gun Violence
Putting an end to gerrymandering could lead to tougher gun legislation at the state level—and, as a result, safer communities.
‘If You Are Telling Someone They Can Come Home One Day, They Deserve a Second Chance.’
With the passage of Michigan’s Clean Slate bill, people like Jarret could finally have a second chance.
How to Fix Gerrymandering
Implementing voter-determined districts is a sensible way to end partisan gerrymandering and ensure fair representation.