Our Government is Broken. What Can We Do to Fix It?

"A republic, IF you can keep it" -Ben Franklin

We Can Break Partisan Gridlock by Achieving Three Goals

40% of Americans still don’t believe the results of the last Presidential election.  For democracy to work we need people to vote and to believe in the election outcome.

Through gerrymandering and other partisan practices, only 10% of Congressional elections are competitive.  That’s no way to make politicians compete for votes.

Legislative practices, outdated election laws and the growing importance of big money, make our government too much of an inside game.

Reform Elections Now (REN) is a non-partisan group of law and business school graduates looking for ways to eliminate the government paralysis which is threatening the health of our democracy and making the United States uncompetitive.

ANNOUNCING REN PARTICIPATION EVENT

How Different Election Systems Could Produce
Different Winners

Thank you if you have participated in this anonymous survey.  As of today, we have received 240 responses from 31 states.  To make the results as compelling as possible, we would like to double the number of survey responses before running the simulations.  Please feel free to pass along this website link to your contacts to support this important work.  

Americans are highly dissatisfied with the choices for 2024. A large majority do not want either Biden or Trump. Yet both seem likely to be nominated. When third party candidates, such as the yet-to-be-named No Labels “Unity Ticket,” RFK Jr., Cornell West, and Jill Stein are included, we could have a highly volatile and disputed election in which no one candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, and the House of Representatives, with one vote allocated per state, makes the decision.

This circumstance illustrates the need for election reform. To demonstrate how reforms might change future outcomes, Reform Elections Now asks you to participate in a simulated election poll. The process is simple. We will ask you to rank the candidates in order of your preference and indicate approval or disapproval for each. We will then simulate results using different election systems including Ranked Choice Voting, Nonpartisan Primaries, Approval Voting and others.

Our goal is not to predict whether Trump, Biden, or someone else will win the 2024 election (unfortunately, none of these reforms is going to be more widespread in time to impact this year). Rather, it is to demonstrate that different voting systems could lead to a better array of options on ballots, and different winners, even if all of the voters are the same.

For this project to succeed, we NEED your participation. Please take our poll. Also, please forward the link to everyone you know. The more people who participate, the better our results.

Featured Event Vignettes

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at Stanford University

On why if you’re not scared what might happen in two years… you should be

Peter Siris, Research Director at Reform Elections Now

On unlike my prediction in 2020, this prediction should never come to pass

Richard Pildes, Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU

On 3 ways how to avoid a constitutional crisis in 2024

Edward B. Foley, Professor of Election &Constitutional Law at School of Law, The Ohio State University

On why the outdated Electoral Count Act needs to be urgently updated (which it ultimately was on Dec ’22 with guidance from Foley’s  group and REN)

Quick Takes

Reform Elections Now – brief and timely commentary on the latest news.