Election reform in the U.S. aims to address irregularities in our political campaigns and electoral processes, thereby improving how public desires are expressed in election results.
Faith in American democracy begins with trust in our elections—the certainty that our system for selecting the people who represent us is honest, fair and legitimate. Achieving that means reforming existing processes while battling proposed legislation designed to unduly advantage one party or group over others.
Some approaches involve taking down barriers to participation, such as archaic registration rules and methods, restrictive voter ID laws and unnecessarily long wait times for voting. Other proposed reforms, such as updating voting technology, aim at upping voting effectiveness and efficiency. Yet other proposed changes are structural in nature, such as potentially eliminating the Electoral College, adopting nonpartisan redistricting and campaign finance reform.
Unfortunately, some politicians strive to advance changes to the electoral system only when those changes work to their partisan advantage. Keeping them—and our elections—honest depends on each of us advocating for designs and changes that are genuinely fair and bring more rather than fewer people into the electoral process.