Enhance the Democratic Process

These proposals promote democratic values by making elections more inclusive, informing and engaging voters, and better electing candidates who will best reflect their constituents.

A Constitutional Right to Vote

Federal policy. The right to vote is the foundation of democracy, yet the U.S. Constitution contains no explicit right to vote. The Constitution should be amended to explicitly grant the affirmative right to vote to every citizen of voting age.

Policy Brief • Text of H.J.Res. 44

Reasonable Ballot Access

State and federal policy. Voters are denied meaningful choices when the candidates they prefer most are kept off of the ballot entirely. States should pass commonsense ballot access requirements for all candidates at every stage of the election.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

High School Civics Education

State and local policy. Students who are given a thorough civics education are more likely to become active participants in the democratic process. Surveys show that students who participate in civics education are more likely to show an interest in politics.

Policy Brief • ALICE Model Civics in Schools

Mock Legislature in Capitals

State and local policy. The best way for students to understand how their elected officials pass laws is to participate in a mock legislative session.

Policy Brief • ALICE Model Civics in Schools

Districts Plus

State policy. Districts Plus couples the election of state legislators from districts with additional "accountability seats" to ensure that when most voters favor candidates of one political party, that is the party that actually wins the most seats overall.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

Non-Partisan Ballot Labels

State and local policy. Voters are more likely to participate in non-partisan races in an informed way when their ballots state not only the candidates' names, but also information about those candidates' views and associations.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

Presidential Nomination Reform

State and political party policy. The ability of states to decide their own schedules in presidential nominating contests leads to earlier and earlier primary and caucus dates and a lack of rational structure in the nomination process. States can work with parties to establish a more sensible plan for presidential candidate nominations based on randomized, rotating primary and caucus dates.

Policy Brief • California Democratic Party's Endorsement of the "American Plan" for Presidential Primary Reform

Ranked Choice Voting for At-Large Local Elections

Local policy. Cities can have fair and representative elections in at-large contests by using ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting allows nearly all voters to elect a candidate of choice while empowering them to honestly rank candidates in order of preference.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

Ranked Choice Voting in Multi-Seat Local Elections Pilot Program

State policy. States generally regulate how counties and cities conduct elections, and they can test the usability of ranked choice voting in multi-seat contests by enacting pilot programs empowering localities to adopt ranked choice voting if they choose to.

Policy Brief

State Voting Rights Act

State policy. States can protect minority voting rights and keep cases in state court by passing their own state Voting Rights Acts that allow lawsuits against places that dilute the votes of racial minority populations.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

Top Four with Ranked Choice Voting

State and local policy. Places that want to open primary elections to all voters can do so without closing off their general elections to meaningful competition. They can do so by using an all-partisan preliminary election that advances four candidates to the general election and conducts that general election by ranked choice voting.

Policy Brief • Model Statute 

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