Solutions

These problems do have solutions and they’re popping up everywhere.

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
  • Increased approval ratings for state legislators.

We offer you three ways to add momentum to these structural shifts.

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During the midterms, four more states join Ohio in passing anti-Gerrymandering legislation. 2018 Scorecard: 5 for 5

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97 cities and states have already passed “Anti-Corruption Acts,” including a 2018 mid-term success rate of 8 for 8.

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Connecticut joins the 11 other states ready to abolish the electoral college system (The reform is now 65% toward the electoral votes needed to change the system nationally).

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Maine adopts state-wide rank choice voting, joining the 20+ municipalities that have used it successfully for over a decade.

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Over 50% of millennials are registering as unaffiliated voters.

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The “Top-4” primary system begins to generate national attention, building on the success of the California and Washington “Top 2” systems.

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 a Top-Four Primary System and opening presidential debates to a third-party candidate.

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

In the business of politics, members of Congress buy top spots on the most powerful committees. To raise the money, they often collect from the interests their committees are supposed to oversee. Dark money floods the system through Super PACs. Pollsters, strategists, fundraisers, consultants, media experts, direct mail services, digital services and many other professions have a huge financial stake in the system.

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