Between them, the political parties and the Supreme Court have created a system of endless, viciously negative, money-dominated campaigns that bear no resemblance to what ordinary people would create if they were in charge. But there are hopeful signs of reform at the local and state level.
The National Popular Vote initiative would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as opposed to the Electoral College system in place today.
The Brennan Center conducts rigorous research to identify problems and provide in-depth empirical findings and compelling analyses of pressing legal and policy issues. They also pioneer and champion policy solutions, such as automatic voter registration and small donor public financing.