Even when we agree, our politicians do nothing. It’s because they’ve stopped serving we, the people. In order to get elected — and re-elected — they’re serving their campaign donors, special interest groups, and party bosses.
It wasn’t always this way, and it doesn’t need to stay this way.
Watch this video from our partner RepresentUs to better understand the problem.
Elected officials have been discouraged from working across the aisle to find solutions to the problems we care about because they fear their own parties’ political extremes. Why?
Both parties rigged the rules to protect their own power, from drawing their own district lines to discriminating against third parties. The result? Primary elections are the only election that matters in the vast majority of “safe” legislative districts.
80% of Congressional districts are considered “safe” for one party
Relatively few voters participate in primary elections, and over 11 million independent voters remain disenfranchised from participating in primaries. Too many obstacles remain between voters and their ability to cast a secure ballot.
19.9% of eligible voters cast a primary ballot in 2018
With party primaries dominated by a small number of party activists and well-funded special interest groups, politicians generally escape accountability from the rest of their constituency.
100% of members of Congress who lost in their primaries in 2018 were defeated by a challenger from extreme left or right
of Congressional districts are considered “safe” for one party
of eligible voters cast a primary ballot in 2018
of members of Congress who lost in their primaries in 2018 were defeated by a challenger from their extreme left or right
We support four, nonpartisan election reforms — already in place in many states across the country — that can increase competition and participation in our elections, and in the process, fundamentally improve governing incentives.
Partisan gerrymandering allows politicians to protect their own power by creating “safe” districts that limit competition from other parties.
Independent Redistricting Commissions take the power of drawing district lines away from self-interested politicians.
Voters fear supporting independent or third party candidates will “spoil” the election and cause their least preferred candidate to be elected.
Ranked Choice Voting ends the “spoiler” effect by allowing voters to rank their candidates according to preference and ensuring a majority winner.
In 18 states, independent voters are either prohibited from voting in party primary elections or face restrictions.
Open & nonpartisan primaries empower all registered voters, including independents, to participate in taxpayer-funded primary elections.
Voters face limited opportunities to cast a ballot and long lines at the polls on Election Day — often leaving just the most die-hard partisans to participate.
Vote by Mail provides a more convenient, accessible, and secure option for all voters to research and cast a more informed ballot.
In order to make some of these structural changes, we need the right leaders in place to get them passed. That’s why we also support Unity Candidates in both parties’ primaries and elect leaders who are pragmatic,
pro-reform, and put people over party.
A small number of extreme voters and well-funded issue-groups have disproportionate influence in primary elections.
Unite America serves as a counter-balance by mobilizing political, grassroots, and financial resources to support Unity Candidates — and to oppose the most extreme and corrupt incumbent elected officials.
There are already many great organizations, campaigns, and candidates working to put voters first. The Unite America Fund aims to scale and accelerate this momentum by significantly increasing investment in a diversified portfolio through our philanthropic venture fund and non-partisan donor community.
North Dakota Voters First is working to pass a sweeping election reform initiative with three components.
The Brewer Fellowship to Unite America is a professional development opportunity for leaders of nonpartisan organizations working to put voters first.
As coronavirus derails most aspects of American life, Unite America is working to ensure that our elections are protected. No voter should have to choose between exercising their health and exercising their civic duty.
An innovative effort in Wisconsin would establish “Final Five Voting” for all federal elections. Final Five Voting combines two powerful electoral reforms: top-five nonpartisan primaries with ranked choice voting general elections.
FairVote Minnesota is working to implement ranked choice voting for all state and federal elections in the gopher state to bring voters more choice, voice and power in their elections.
A ballot measure on the 2020 ballot will allow Virginians to decide whether to establish a citizen-led bipartisan redistricting commission to draw new maps for the commonwealth.
Voter Choice Massachusetts is leading the fight to bring Ranked Choice Voting to the Bay State with a 2020 ballot measure.
Pennsylvanians Against Gerrymandering is advocating for the establishment of an independent citizens commission to draw federal district lines following the 2020 census.