The U.S. electoral system is uniquely advantaging authoritarian actors and behaviors. Electoral reform can help shift incentives and outcomes.
Today, the authoritarian threat doesn’t just come from specific politicians or political factions. Authoritarian-enabling features of our system — such as the non-representative composition of Congress or the inability of political parties to preserve democratic norms — are feeding cycles of polarization and rewarding authoritarian politics.
Stopping this threat requires bold and ambitious long-term strategies to ensure that the Democracy of Tomorrow better reflects the will of all Americans and is oriented towards collaboratively addressing our country’s most pressing challenges.
- Make our political parties more responsible promoters of democracy.
- Replace winner-take-all elections with more proportional systems of representation.
- Legalize fusion voting to help break the two-party doom loop.
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Every election, I’m barred from honestly expressing my views at the ballot box.
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In New Jersey and other states, anti-democratic extremism and polarization are rapidly accelerating. Fusion voting is the off-ramp we need to break this cycle.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Missouri and dozens of other states could bring back fusion voting, which was lawful and practiced nationwide throughout the 1800s.