Nearly every state legislature is considering bills to either roll back pandemic-era voting easements or make permanent the rules that allowed a record-breaking number of Americans to cast their ballots ahead of Election Day.
But with election officials already looking ahead to the 2022 midterms, the Center for Election Innovation and Research is concerned with the rules that are on the books right now. So CEIR released a report Monday analyzing the current laws in each state to determine where it will be easiest to cast a ballot early in person or by mail next year.
Our nation's changing demographics should mean that, inevitably, the voices of fear and hatred will lose sway to the growing diverse chorus insisting on policies that more effectively promote equal treatment for all, according to freelance writer and retired attorney Daniel O. Jaimson.
Join the Common Ground Committee for a bipartisan conversation with former Gov. John Kasich and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro to better understand the government's role in a workforce radically altered by the pandemic and changes in technology and energy.
Our weekly bulletin board
Here are the highlights of what fix-the-system groups are planning for the coming week — and other events important to the cause of reforming democracy.
Tuesday, April 13
The R Street Institute is hosting a talk about the potentially significant changes set in motion by Alaska's reform initiative with Katherine Gehl, author of "The Politics Industry" and founder of The Institute for Political Innovation, and Scott Kendall, the creator of Alaska Ballot Measure 2.
As state legislators around the country are working to advance and pass a record number of voting bills, the Campaign Legal Center is hosting a virtual discussion with a panel of experts and state advocates who will discuss the trends in access to voting legislation and the impact the bills will have on voters.
Join an exploration and discussion of options and topics in advance of the National Assembly of the People.
Wednesday, April 14
Millions of students will soon graduate into a workforce radically altered by the pandemic and changes in technology and energy. What is government's role in this new economy? Join the Common Ground Committee for a discussion with former Gov. John Kasich and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.
Thursday, April 15
The Library of Congress invites you to a panel discussion looking at the way different systems of electoral decision-making in a democracy can, by themselves, lead to very different outcomes, and what can be done to reform them in ways that result in more responsive and deliberative legislative bodies.
Join New York University's John Brademas Center for a conversation with Paul C. Light, focused on his recent work in government reform. He will be joined by Joe Davidson, columnist for The Washington Post; Danielle Brian, executive director of POGO; E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post; and Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.
Meanwhile, check out our latest news and opinion stories:
Our weekly op-ed highlight reel
News is the heart of what we're about. But The Fulcrum is also a forum for debate about what's ailing American democracy and what could make the system healthier. So here are the most provocative opinion pieces we've posted this week.
Congressional candidates who represent the diversity of America must be able to seek office in Washington without worrying about a living wage or health insurance, writes Beth Rotman of Common Cause.
I was blessed to be born into a family that taught and modeled conservative values, which lead me to support the For the People Act, explains RepresentUs volunteer Eric Carlson.
Georgia's new elections law positions the GOP-dominated Elections Board to control nearly all aspects of voting. No provision in the Georgia law looks to be more harmful to Black voters or more fatal to democracy's survival, argues Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat of the U.S. Vote Foundation.
Meanwhile, here are our latest news stories: