The quest for a sustainable region and healthy, just, affordable communities is blocked by broken or dysfunctional institutions of self-governance. From making polluters pay for their carbon pollution to updating Cascadia’s transportation infrastructure, from fixing our education systems to protecting our natural heritage, we cannot move forward without deep changes to the rules governing campaign finance, voter rights, and elections—changes that return power to everyday people, rather than concentrate it in the hands of wealthy individuals or corporations.
Sightline’s research aims to map a path to democracy reform to restore power to voters and free our systems from partisan gridlock and maneuvering—a path that even hard-headed political realists will recognize as both passable and essential.
New state-by-state guide to Vote By Mail elections
Local elections officials are on the front lines of the nation’s coronavirus response. With the threat and uncertainty of coronavirus and Election Day just months away, US elections officials are gearing up for a massive increase in mail-out and absentee ballots this November. In 2018, just one in four voters nation-wide cast a ballot by mail, but that share is expected to spike as high as 70 percent in 2020. American elections officials face an urgent challenge to secure democracy and voters’ health and safety in November 2020. Sightline’s new resources, including detailed state-by-state analysis and recommendations, Vote By Mail for Secure Elections in 2020—and Beyond, compiles recommendations and tested solutions tailored to all 50 states and Washington, DC.
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Step-by-step guidelines for state and county lawmakers and elections administrators.
A wish list of policies to achieve more representative and effective governance across Washington.
A wish list of policies to achieve more representative and effective governance across Oregon.