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Structural Reform and Governance
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Rights and Justice
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.
The Declaration for American Democracy is an anti-oppression coalition working together to make the promise of democracy real for all of us.
Dec 7, 2023
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Devon Ombres, Jeevna Sheth
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Ashleigh Maciolek, Justine Gluck, Sara Partridge, 1 More
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Partisan legislators in Wisconsin and North Carolina are aggressively erecting anti-democracy barriers to lock out a growing political majority and hinder America’s progress.
Meta piggybacks off of the Supreme Court SEC v. Jarkesy oral argument to assert the FTC is unconstitutional.
Join the Center for American Progress as we celebrate 20 years of innovative policy solutions and look boldly forward to a progressive future.
Oct 25, 2023
The justice system is beginning to bring a measure of accountability for the events surrounding the unconstitutional conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election—a welcome development for the rule of law.
The Tech Hubs program within the CHIPS and Science Act is a major opportunity to provide equitable access to industry for underserved communities and economic growth for the country at large.
This transformative federal legislation would bolster democracy by expanding the right to vote, combating corruption, and reducing dangerous political extremism.
Aug 16, 2023
Michael Sozan, Greta Bedekovics
The Center for American Progress submitted a comment to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission opposing KalshiEX LLC's proposed congressional control event contracts, arguing that Kalshi's proposal amounts to allowing gambling on U.S. elections and is squarely against the public interest.
Jul 24, 2023
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a maximalist interpretation of the independent state legislature theory while leaving the door open for future litigation.
Gordon Laxer and Michael Sozan write about how discussion on foreign-influenced corporations' political spending in the United States can inform Canada's policies on the matter.
Jul 5, 2023
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Gordon Laxer, Michael Sozan
Greta Bedekovics and Ashleigh Maciolek argue that Michigan has become a national model for strengthening democracy.
Jun 27, 2023
Greta Bedekovics, Ashleigh Maciolek
This people-powered policy helps protect U.S. democracy and rests on strong legal foundation.
Jun 27, 2023
Despite an increasingly partisan national landscape, Michigan has implemented key voting and representation reforms and set a trailblazing example for transformative change, largely due to citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.
Jun 15, 2023
Turkey saw unprecedented political mobilization, partly because going to the ballot box offered one of the last opportunities to make one’s voice heard. But little changed.
May 31, 2023
Media reports that Justice Clarence Thomas accepted lavish yacht trips and private jet rides without publicly disclosing them underscore the urgent need for Supreme Court justices to be bound by a binding code of ethics just like other federal judges and members of Congress.
Apr 21, 2023
Ben Olinsky, Maggie Jo Buchanan, William Roberts
Without full accountability for the events surrounding the unconstitutional plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election, U.S. democracy remains under substantial threat.
Apr 20, 2023
Michael Sozan, William Roberts
We cannot expect technology companies to protect democracies if they do not integrate democratic values such as transparency, pluralism, protections against harm, and accountability into the fabric of their operations and governance.
Mar 29, 2023
Patrick Gaspard, Laetitia Avia
Conservative experts are sending sharp warnings that the meritless independent state legislature theory could undermine democracy and should be rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts.
Mar 15, 2023
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the Washington State House in support of S.B. 5284, a bill that would strengthen campaign-related spending disclosure requirements and limit political spending by U.S. corporations with appreciable foreign ownership.
Mar 14, 2023
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the Hawaii Senate in support of S.B. 1179, a bill that would limit political spending by U.S. corporations with appreciable foreign ownership.
Feb 22, 2023
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the California State Assembly in support of A.B. 83, a bill that would limit political spending by U.S. corporations with appreciable foreign ownership.
Feb 10, 2023
To fix the dysfunction in American politics, reformers should consider fundamental changes to the electoral rules.
Jan 31, 2023
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Committee on Elections Finance and Policy in support of H.F. 117, a bill to stop political spending by foreign-influenced U.S. corporations.
Jan 30, 2023
After an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, democracy demands that Trump and his MAGA allies be held accountable.
Jan 6, 2023
Michael Sozan, Hai-Lam Phan, Ala Al Sadi, 2 More
Andrew Sonntag, Toni Pandolfo
The Center for American Progress presents a compilation of short videos counting down to the new year with recent progressive wins.
Dec 31, 2022
Tymoni Correa-Buntley, Ala Al Sadi, Toni Pandolfo, 2 More
Hai-Lam Phan, Andrew Sonntag
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