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Changing the Rules changes everything.

The purpose of politics, as a business, is the reelection of incumbents and the protection of the two national parties.  It operates by a set of rules, and these rules can be changed.

Public Opinion Doesn’t Matter.

A Princeton University study finds that since the 1990s, public opinion has no impact on U.S policy.

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Conservatives won’t get what they want

Long before Donald Trump, the very rules of political system ensure that conservatives won’t get a smaller government, a simplified tax code or free markets.

Only 14% matter

“14% of America, roughly half on the left and half on the right, consistently shouts, posts and voters, while the rest of us are left exhausted.”

Source: Hidden Tribes research report

The Disappearing

It is not just the last two election cycles. Moderates have been leaving both the House and the Senate for decades.


Watch. Listen. Read.

The Path from Closed Competition to Open Competition


Good News: Mid-term Voters Drew the Line on Gerrymandering


Go Deeper: Redrawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another is called "gerrymandering." Here's how it works.


Rank Choice Voting

Rank Choice Voting Survives Midterm tests. Will it work in more states?


Go Deeper: What is “Rank Choice Voting?

Presidential Debates

What will it take for third party candidates to be in the Presidential Debates?

The Path to Greater Participation

From Few Voters Matter to All Voters Matter

Shift to a National Popular Vote for President

Open All Primaries to Independent Voters

The Path to Finding the Proper Role for Money

Reducing the Role of Money

The momentum behind the passage of “Anti-corruption acts” is approaching a tipping point.

Exposure about how members of Congress serve as “cash cows:” for their party’s political machinery.

Former members of Congress and governors from both parties are working to reducing the power of money in politics.


Where does political bias come from?

Why Changing the Rules is More Powerful than Arguing with Facts & Logic

On December 8, The Economist published a sobering piece entitled: “THE PARTISAN BRAIN: What psychological experiments tell you about why people deny facts.”  Cognitive scientists argue that reasoning did not evolve to “help individuals achieve greater knowledge and...
Structural Reform Wins Big in 2018 Midterms

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 rank choice voting. Furthermore, political reform at the federal level promises to the first piece of legislation...
Gerrymandering is the drawing of the boundaries of electoral districts to give one party an unfair advantage, such as spreading out opposition voters to help one party win elections.

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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