The following organizations are working in various ways to reduce the extreme partisanship and gridlock that exists today in order to make government work more effectively for the people.
- Bipartisan Policy Center
- Brennan Center for Justice
- Bridge Alliance
- Change the Rules
- Common Cause
- Democracy Found
- Gehl and Porter on our Politics Industry
- Independent Voter Project
- Issue One
- Leadership Now Project
- League of Women Voters
- National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers
- New America
- No Labels
- Open Primaries
- Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center
- Unite America
BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER
“The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.” Jason Grumet is the President. The co-founders include Howard Baker, George Mitchell, Tom Daschle, and Bob Dole. Its goal is “Reconciling Competing Interests. Engaged Balance. Diverse Funding. Public Perception”
Brennan Center for Justice
“The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – our country’s systems of democracy and justice.
At this critical moment, the Brennan Center is dedicated to protecting the rule of law and the values of Constitutional democracy. We focus on voting rights, campaign finance reform, ending mass incarceration, and preserving our liberties while also maintaining our national security. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.”
“The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of more than 90 organizations working together as active stewards of our democratic republic. Bridge Alliance member organizations span the ideological spectrum, but are unified to work efficiently, outside arbitrarily defined political lines. Currently, we define the work of our members as residing in three sectors:
- Civic Engagement
- Electoral Systems and Campaigns
- Governance and Policy Making”
Change the Rules
Their mission is “to reform the American political system by providing citizens with a tangible way to achieve fundamental change by being objective and ‘strategic’.” Their vision is “a system with competition, where every vote counts, and money plays its proper role. We have created a route to these practical solutions.” Their approach is “to educate the public on how to enact a set of structured reforms and address problems with ‘one-click’.”
“Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.”
Democracy Found is a Wisconsin-based initiative committed to revitalizing democracy. By implementing a system wherein the top four candidates are selected from the primary ballot and ranked-choice voting is used in the general election, we will ensure that politicians are held accountable for delivering results.
FairVote is “a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.” They are the driving force behind “advancing ranked choice voting and fair representation in multi-winner legislative districts that will open up our elections to better choices, fairer representation and more civil campaigns.”
Gehl & Porter on our Politics Industry
Business Executive, Katherine Gehl, and Harvard University Professor Michael E. Porter, have written extensively on, “why competition in the politics industry is failing America.” Gehl and Porter detail how the two parties have become a powerful duopoly that has led to the polarization of government, the disappearance of moderates, and the lack of competition in most election districts. Gehl & Porter analyze the cause of these problems and offer solutions that can reinvigorate our Democracy.
Independent Voter Project
“The Independent Voter Project (IVP) is a
501(c)4 organization that seeks to re-engage nonpartisan voters and promote
nonpartisan election reform through initiatives, litigation, and voter
education. IVP is best known for authoring California’s successful nonpartisan
We work with organizations around the country to reduce the institutional barriers that limit electoral competition, restrict the two major parties from competition.”
Issue One is “a cross-partisan political reform group in Washington. We unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.” Issue One takes actions “to strengthen ethics laws, reduce the influence of big money on politics, modernize elections and end the pay-to-play culture in Washington.”
Leadership Now Project
The Leadership Now Project is “a nonpartisan membership organization of business professionals who are concerned with the future of our democracy and believe it is our responsibility to be part of the solution using our expertise, networks and resources.”
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. “We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.”
National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers
“The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers is a collection of individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering a government that is representative of and responsive to the people, and to advancing reforms and causes that increase competition, participation, and accountability in our political system.”
“We recognize that the remedy to our unrepresentative and unresponsive government is to credibly challenge the institutionalized advantages that transfer control of the electoral process from the people to the leadership of the Democratic and Republican parties, and we resolve to mount that challenge.”
New America has a Political Reform program that seeks to develop new strategies and innovations to repair the dysfunction of government, restore citizen trust, and rebuild the promise of American democracy.
New America has put together a database by state, organized to describe in a
well-structured format the following categories of relevant state law:
Registration and Voting Systems, Electoral Systems (specifically: Primaries,
Ranked Choice Voting and Redistricting) and Campaign Finance.
The mission of No Labels is “to build a movement to unite a divided country. We are Democrats, Republicans and independents working to bring our political leaders together to solve our toughest problems and to make our government work. We believe the defining challenges of our time—immigration and border security, health care reform, escalating debt and entitlement crises—can only be solved with buy-in from both political parties. “
Open Primaries is “a movement of diverse Americans who believe in a simple, yet radical idea: no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote.”
The mission of Open Primaries is “to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters and policymakers, advance litigation, train spokespeople, conduct and support research, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions.
Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center
The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center (RCVRC) “provides a compilation of best practices and first-hand experiences from jurisdictions that have used this method of voting. Our website and overall project serve as a resource for voters, election administrators, policy makers, and candidates. We were initially funded by a grant from FairVote.”
RepresentUs “brings together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections.” To fix our broken elections, RepresentUs focuses on promoting ranked choice voting, ending gerrymandering, supporting open primaries, and changing how elections are funded.
Unite America is “a movement of Democrats, Republicans, and independents who are committed to bridging the growing partisan divide in order to tackle our largest challenges and leave a better country for future generations. Our mission is to pass reforms that will unrig our broken political system and elect candidates who will put country over party.”
“Our ‘Fulcrum Strategy’ is focused on empowering bipartisan caucuses in narrowly divided legislatures, like the US Senate, where they can use their enormous leverage to forge common ground solutions.”