Two short articles from the Union of Concerned Scientists that get right down to how to find our way out of this mess. An agenda to prioritize for the new Congress!
"A more representative government will feature a diverse set of parties that aren’t stuck in zero-sum opposition, opening new paths for progress on issues. There are several ways to facilitate more parties competing for votes. ..."
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Eliminate barriers to voter registration by implementing automatic voter registration, same-day registration, and pre-registration requirements for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Protect voter lists from manipulation by prohibiting states from purging voters based on failure to vote or minor inconsistencies in spelling or punctuation between registration lists and IDs.
Expand early and provisional voting to ensure that all voters have access to the ballot regardless of limited time or transportation resources or lack of identification.
Rein in gerrymandering and partisan bias by requiring nonpartisan redistricting commissions and encouraging proportional representation, which leads to more representative outcomes.
Limit the political power of moneyed interests by requiring disclosure of corporate political contributions, strengthening the currently dysfunctional Federal Elections Commission, and implementing public campaign financing.
Address officials' conflicts of interest through stronger ethics rules and disclosure requirements.
These sound like good ideas. I’m sure the fascist republicans will fight them tooth and nail.
I understand there are barriers to voting for some people. I have moved a lot since my divorce and believe government is legitimately trying to make it easier. I have been early voting since it’s been offered so to me, it’s easy.