The next president of the United States should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone’s voice is heard. The president should endorse, prioritize, and work aggressively with Congress to pass legislation to reduce barriers to the ballot box and increase turnout. The next president should support meaningful contribution limits so a wealthy few cannot use their economic power to shut out ordinary citizens.
|Fighting Big Money, Empowering People:
A 21st Century Democracy Agenda
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|1. Everyone participates|
|2. Everyone's voice is heard|
|3. Everyone knows who is trying to influence our views and our representatives;|
|4. Everyone plays by fair, common-sense rules|
|5. Everyone is held accountable, with enforceable penalties to deter bad behavior.|
Our democracy is based on the principle of one person, one vote— not one dollar, one vote. From equal access to the ballot box to the right not to be silenced by big money, democracy requires everyone to have a voice in the decisions affecting their lives.
Our democracy is undermined when elected representatives only hear the policy preferences of the wealthy. We need reasonable limits on using money in politics so our government doesn’t just respond to wealthy donors and special interests when it should be responding to all Americans. Limits are most effective when combined with reforms to encourage more small donors to participate.
American democracy functions at its best when all eligible voters (and only eligible voters) participate in the political process, and when the voting system is free, fair, accessible, and free from discrimination. Reforms to modernize our voter registration system would make voting more convenient and secure. They would provide Americans with the options they need to ensure they can register, vote, and make their voices heard. Restoring the Voting Rights Act would ensure that every American is protected against discrimination in voting.