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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Structural Reform the Big Winner in November

Structural Reform the Big Winner in November

The midterms were great win for structural reform from the passage of anti-gerrymandering legislation and anti-corruption acts to the successful use of ranked choice voting. Furthermore, political reform at the federal level promises to the first piece of legislation...

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The Role of Gerrymandering in the U.S.

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 as to “effectively nullify democracy.” For example, an independent study found that Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have...

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4 Tactics to Open Competition in U.S. Elections

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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How to Spend $100 Million to Reform the Political System

How to Invest $100 Million to Fix the Political System

Yes, we understand. You don’t have $100 million to spend on political reform. But maybe you have a friend who does. And, in any case, grappling with this question may lead you to a better understanding of the “business of politics.” First of all, is $100 million...
National Popular Vote

Could the National Popular Vote Ever Decide U.S. Elections?

In February 2019, Colorado became the 12th state to pass the compact for the National Popular Vote. If approximately nine additional states pass this agreement, it effectively becomes a new way to elect our president. There is a scenario where this can actually happen...
Vote at Home

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 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...

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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...

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