The Brennan Center for Justice, one of the foremost not-for-profits working tirelessly to promote US Democracy has come up with an interesting piece trying to capture what the US electorate must ask of the next President. According to the Center,
The 2016 elections revealed deepening threats to American values and government — brazen voter suppression, dark money, gerrymandering, and threats to election security and the norms of democracy.
But the electorate has responded, urging reform of voting systems and making democracy and criminal justice top priorities. In 2018, voters surged to the polls — the highest turnout since 1914. Candidates rejected corporate PAC money and pledged to make reform a priority. Citizens passed landmark ballot initiatives to curtail partisan gerrymandering, enact automatic voter registration, and restore voting rights to those with past felony convictions. Early in 2019, the House of Representatives answered the call, passing the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a transformative bill that could re-energize our democracy for the next generation.
The results are in: the best response to an attack on democracy is to strengthen that democracy. As the 2020 elections approach, politicians on the left, right, and center understand that they can’t ignore the health of American democratic institutions.
Any presidential candidate who wants to offer grand plans for improvements must start by explaining how these changes could happen — how we can reform and revitalize our system so that the voice of the public can fully be heard. Otherwise, policy agendas will recede into irrelevance.
Brennan Center for Justice has the full story.