Strengthening American Democracy

Conducting a time-limited exploration of ways to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given our perception that the political system has failed to adequately address major issues confronting the nation – from climate change to health care, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Illinois Enacts Automatic Voter Registration

More than one million new voters may be registered soon in Illinois as the state’s legislature, led by Democrats, and its Republican Governor enacted automatic voter registration. Read More
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Exploring Campaign Contributions in State Supreme Court Races

Research by the National Institute on Money in State Politics explores the role of campaign contributions in the 31 state supreme court races of 2016. Read More
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Index Shows Most Legislative Races Are Not Competitive

An interactive index allows journalists, policymakers, and citizens to analyze the competitiveness of races from a variety of perspectives, such as voter demographics and campaign fundraising. Read More
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Grants to Help Strengthen American Democracy, Establish Voting Rights Institute

MacArthur today announced 18 grants totaling more than $9 million to support efforts to increase access to voting, secure and modernize voting systems, and reduce the influence of money in politics. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Grants Manager
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer, Journalism & Media
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer, 100&Change

Media Contact

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Andrew Solomon

Managing Director, Communications

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer