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The Role of Gerrymandering in the U.S.

When partisan state lawmakers redraw the congressional maps every 10 years, the bias can be so extreme it effectively nullifies democracy. What does this mean? An independent study found that Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats in 2016 based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country. And, gerrymandering in the U.S. isn’t only a …

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Guide: U.S. Voter Registration Deadlines

Election Day is fast approaching. Are you registered? It’s important to note that registration deadlines vary by state; some state deadlines are in early October while other states allow same day registration on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6). Here’s your state by state guide on U.S. voter registration deadlines in 2018. Already registered? Here’s a list of states that allow early …

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Reforming the American Political System: September News Roundup

In case you missed any of these articles we here at Change the Rules think are important talking points in the national conversation on how we can change the rules of our political system, we’ve compiled a list of September news articles for your reading pleasure. These articles touch on how we can open up competition, make sure every vote …

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4 Tactics to Open Competition in U.S. Elections

Why do voters keep re-electing incumbents in a system they hate? Because election rules are set up to preclude genuine competition. If we want to change these rules, we need to open up competition within the DNC and RNC. We also need to allow independents to compete on a level playing field. Here are four tactics we believe will open …

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4 Ways the Current Political Rules Limit Who Matters in Elections

The current political rules guarantee control by a small set of voters. There are four layers of rules that severely limits “who matters” to politicians and the major political parties: Non-voters don’t matter Gerrymandering excludes voters Unaffiliated voters excluded from primaries The Electoral College privileges voters in swing states Limit 1: Non-Voters Don’t Matter Forty percent of the eligible electorate …

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Our Two-Party Monopoly Practices Pseudo-Competition

Political parties thrive by emphasizing social and economic issues. These are wedge issues – such as pro-choice vs. pro-life – designed to drive people apart. These types of wedge issues present citizens with extreme alternatives that don’t actually solve any problems. Instead, they promote the view that “We are right; they are wrong.” In fact, approximately one third of Republicans …

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Politics in the U.S. is a Business

Politics is a business. Did you know that this make up has nothing to do with the constitution? “The constitution makes no mention of political parties, party primaries, ballot-access procedures and the countless other rules that drive today’s politics,” according to research from the Harvard Business School. The primary purpose of this business is to reelect incumbents while protecting the …

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Why it’s Time to Change the Rules of the American Political System

We all know that politics matter. We know that things are getting worse. And while it’s natural to be cynical, discouraged and disengaged, we think that there are grounds for cautious optimism. It’s natural to focus on electing the best candidates in 2018 and 2020. However, if we are going to have an American political system that we can hold …