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Freedom is threatened by democracy crumbling from within. We use research, technology, and data analysis to protect what's working in our democracy today — and to help build the democracy of tomorrow.

A hand casting a ballot.

Fusion voting, explained

Fusion voting allows more than one political party to nominate the same candidate on the ballot, empowering minor parties to unite a cross-ideological coalition behind a single candidate

December 1, 2023

  • Shaping the Democracy of Tomorrow
  • Analysis
Donald Trump with an American flag behind him.

Understanding Trump’s pardon abuses

Although presidential pardons are often controversial, Trump created an entirely new class: what Protect Democracy categorizes as “henchmen pardons.”

November 29, 2023

  • Defending the Rule of Law
  • Analysis

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, explained

The Ku Klux Klan Act used nearly all of Congress’s constitutional powers to respond to the Klan’s coordinated political violence and intimidation.

October 17, 2023

  • Protecting Elections
  • Analysis