Katrina vanden Heuvel - Voice for American Democracy Award

“It is long past time to place democracy at the center of our politics, where it belongs. We don’t exist just to curse the political darkness but to craft solutions to make America a more perfect union.” - Katrina vanden Heuvel (“America Needs Electoral Reform”, 2008)

Katrina vanden Heuvel has been an eloquent and persuasive voice for major structural reform of our elections stretching across FairVote’s decades of impact. As editor of The Nation magazine, Washington Post columnist and frequent cable news guest, “Katrina’s voice is a big one,” comments FairVote president Rob Richie. She has drawn sustained attention to the value of replacing winner-take-all elections, passing ranked choice voting, and thinking big about how best to give all Americans a vote that matters in every election. The Nation writers and contributors have been given a regular platform to cover progress and the case for change.

 

“Katrina is, to me, a writer, activist and provocateur for our society, and is always on the search for the best ideas to move things forward,” says Congressman Jamie Raskin. “And she's an absolute delight for people to work with and embodies in her warmth, her connectiveness and her compassion the kind of political society we're fighting for.” Historian Eric Foner adds, “Even though we pride ourselves rhetorically on being the world’s leading democracy, our democratic system has deep flaws which require serious attention. Katrina has been in the tradition of trying to make it impossible for us to sit back and say, ‘Okay, we’re a democracy folks, we’ve achieved that’ but instead tries to make this a much better democracy.” 

 

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