electoral reform


Is our democracy being swallowed up like Little Red Riding Hood, having fallen into a trap laid by the Big Bad Wolf? Chris Ensminger/Unsplash

Surrounded by Wolves, the Electoral Process and the People Move Forward

, Kendall Science Fellow

For the first time in the nation’s history, we are seeing a faction refuse to yield power while deliberately using every mechanism at its disposal to foment distrust in the levers of democracy. Read more >

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Lost Voters: Voter Turnout, Suppression and Mobilization in Key 2020 Election Counties

, Kendall Science Fellow

Enthusiasm for the November election may be at a record high, which is normally good news for a democracy. Unfortunately, even if there were not a global pandemic to contend with, voters still face barriers across states that have refused to modernize their election rules.

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Marion S. Trikosko
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Will Democratic Candidates Finally Talk About Democracy Tonight?

, Kendall Science Fellow

Ten Democratic presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for their fifth debate, a little more than two months before the first primary votes are cast. One of the sponsors, The Washington Post, has provided details on six key issue areas and candidate positions that may be addressed during the debate, including “government” and “climate change.” Unfortunately there is little indication that there will be any questions about how “government” affects “climate change” and how strengthening democracy will enable us to find better solutions to climate change. That’s a conversation that can expand public interest in and understanding of the link between our democratic institutions and our ability to solve big problems.

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Our Unhealthy Democracy: A New Report and a Call to Action

, Kendall Science Fellow

In a new analysis being released a year out from the 2020 election, the Center for Science and Democracy is recognizing and responding to the erosion of our democratic institutions. Our Unhealthy Democracy: How Voting Restrictions Harm Public Health—and What We Can Do about It, explores the link between electoral representation and constituent health outcomes and finds that disenfranchisement is associated with poor health outcomes. Read more >

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Hans von Spakovsky Lies about Voter Fraud. Now He’s Testifying Before Congress

, Kendall Science Fellow

On Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler has called for the first hearings on House Resolution 1, the sweeping anti-corruption and electoral reform bill that is the first introduced in the 116th Congress. Possibly the most important election legislation introduced since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HR1 would eliminate barriers to voter registration, expand and improves ballot access, implement new cybersecurity standards for voting systems, require independent redistricting commissions, implement new ethics standards, and set up a robust, innovative public campaign finance system.

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Photo: Lauren Gerson
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