How We Can Create New Rules

If we want different results, we need to create new rules. Beginning in 2010, reforms in California show what’s possible elsewhere: less partisan districts, higher voter participation, more voting across party lines to enact solutions, more incumbents voted out of office, and increased approval ratings for state legislators. We offer you two ways to add momentum to these structural shifts.

Solution: Open Competition

Competition is opened up within the Democratic and Republican parties. And independents are able to compete on a level playing field. This can be done through eliminating extreme gerrymandering, instituting rank choice voting (RCV), adopting California’s Top-Two Primary System and opening presidential debates to a third-party candidate.

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Solution: Make Every Vote Count

All voters, regardless of political affiliation, can have a meaningful impact on selecting and electing candidates and holding them accountable for results. The U.S. is currently two-thirds of the way toward eliminating the Electoral College system and the distortions it creates in elections and governance. Additionally, there is a need to further open primary elections to independent voters and catalyzing the political power of Millennials, who are more than 50 percent unaffiliated with either of the major parties.

Solution: Create a Proper Role for Money in Politics

Big money, while still important, should be more transparent and less linked to lobbying and jobs. In 2018, Chicago and Cook County passed the “Anticorruption Act,” which curtails the role of money by increasing transparency, prohibiting lobbyists bundling and increasing enforcement of existing campaign finance laws. And, nearly 200 former congressmen and governors are pushing back on partisan dysfunction by advocating transparency, lobbying restrictions and other campaign-finance reforms.