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Structural Reform and Governance

Democracy Policy

The Democracy Policy team is advancing an agenda to win structural reforms that strengthen the U.S. system and give everyone an equal voice in the democratic process.

Protestors raise their fists during a rally on the National Mall before the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 2006. (Getty/Mandel NGAN/AFP)

What we're doing

Safeguarding democracy by enacting bold structural reforms

To build a multiracial representative democracy, we need bold structural reforms that expand participation. We are leading policy analysis and research, communications, and advocacy to pass voting rights and democracy reform legislation in Congress to help defend democracy from the serious threats it faces.

Combating democratic decay and disinformation

We are leading cross-institutional work to combat the erosion of trust in government and in our elections—spread in part by the big lie about the 2020 election and a broader strategy by conservatives employed for decades. 

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Partners & Coalitions

We are part of the 200+-organization Declaration for American Democracy coalition, the largest coalition of progressive groups assembled to fight for democracy reform—including intersectional advocacy, membership, and policy groups. 

Recent work

Latest

States Must Act Now To Fortify Elections Against Coronavirus In the News

States Must Act Now To Fortify Elections Against Coronavirus

Danielle Root outlines steps that states should take to ensure elections are secure and accessible in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Danielle Root

Bringing Dark Money to a Gunfight: The NRA and Other Groups Are Increasingly Using Untraceable Dollars to Influence Our Elections In the News

Bringing Dark Money to a Gunfight: The NRA and Other Groups Are Increasingly Using Untraceable Dollars to Influence Our Elections

Authors Alex Tausanovitch and Diana Pilipenko discuss the unsettling trend of the National Rifle Association and other outside groups not reporting where their money is coming from, potentially allowing lobbyists and foreign agents to influence elections.

Alex Tausanovitch, Diana Pilipenko

Banking on Democracy In the News

Banking on Democracy

Author Alex Tausanovitch argues that the mere fact that a bank deregulation bill sits atop the legislative agenda is a reflection of the outsized influence of lobbyists and special interests in Congress.

Alex Tausanovitch

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