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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North Carolina Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

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

Florida Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

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

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Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

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

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