What is the Best System to Promote Voter Turnout?

What is the Best System to Promote Voter Turnout?

Why is it so hard to vote in so many places? And what are states doing to make it easy? A new study by Northern Illinois University analyzed the time and effort it took to vote in each presidential election year from 1996 through 2016. Researchers factored in...
Why is Negative Election Campaigning So Effective?

Why is Negative Election Campaigning So Effective?

Negative campaigning isn’t simply a random tactic that has proved to be effective for selected politicians. It’s part of a broader strategy of “pseudo-competition” between two major ecosystems battling for supremacy, power and money. These Democratic and Republican...
The Disconnect Between Winning & Governing

The Disconnect Between Winning & Governing

We have evolved a system of politics where incumbents can overwhelmingly win elections, yet we are continually dissatisfied with how they govern. How can this be so? Is this just one “bad batch” of politicians, or is there something systemic in our politics that dooms...
Why Are Lawmakers Leaving Congress?

Why Are Lawmakers Leaving Congress?

Over the last 12 months, Change the Rules has documented how the structure of the current political system – the “business of politics” – is failing our country. In this blog, we explore what the system looks and feels like from the inside, and why it’s leading...
Money in Politics Part 2: Pipe Dream or Tipping Point?

Money in Politics Part 2: Pipe Dream or Tipping Point?

In the first part of our Money in Politics blog series, we discussed the scope of the problem. In part two, we’ll highlight action happening today to reform the role of money in politics. We’ll also delve into whether these reforms mean we are at a tipping point or if...
Money in Politics Part 1: How Bad is the Problem?

Money in Politics Part 1: How Bad is the Problem?

Many voters recognize that only about 10 percent of the 435 congressional seats are actually competitive. Gerrymandering and the “business of politics” seem to be the major culprit. The same dynamic holds true for the 7,400 state legislative seats across...
The Two Tracks Toward Gerrymandering Reform

The Two Tracks Toward Gerrymandering Reform

Many voters know that gerrymandering (extreme partisan redistricting) poses a threat to the integrity of our elections. By marginalizing large blocks of Republican, Democratic and Independent voters, it breeds mistrust, disfunction and public policies that don’t...
Why Are So Many Americans Non Voters?

Why Are So Many Americans Non Voters?

A record number of midterm voters participated in the congressional elections this November: 47 percent of the voting-eligible population. Yet what about the other 53 percent? We’re calling them the party of non voters.   Why Aren’t They Voting? Pew Research into the...

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