DEMOCRACY

We Believe in A Fair and True Democracy

We envision an inclusive democracy that allows all New Yorkers to participate fully and equally in the electoral process. Only by winning a true democracy can we address the most urgent issues of our time: climate change, structural racism, economic inequality, mass incarceration, policing, education, housing, and health care. Together we can transform our broken voting and electoral systems, and create a vibrant, healthy democracy that values all of our voices.

Everyone Deserves an Inclusive Democracy

We must strengthen and expand our democracy, which means protecting the rights of every single person to participate in it. So we must:

  • Fully implement the new small dollar matching program for state elections.
  • Make it easier to vote.
  • Draw fair district lines so voters get to pick their representatives, not the other way around.

Democracy and Fair Elections are a part of Our Justice Agenda for 2022. Click here to read the full Agenda and get involved in the fight!

New York State's Democracy Crisis

Our voting and electoral systems are broken. Wall Street billionaires and rich corporate donors continue to flood our elections with money, drowning out the voices of everyday New Yorkers. While the wealthy can write giant checks, the rest of us have only our votes. Too many New Yorkers are blocked or discouraged from voting, especially low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities. This undermines our quest for a truly representative democracy that listens and responds to the needs of all people.

New York State's Democracy Crisis

Our voting and electoral systems are broken. Wall Street billionaires and rich corporate donors continue to flood our elections with money, drowning out the voices of everyday New Yorkers. While the wealthy can write giant checks, the rest of us have only our votes. Too many New Yorkers are blocked or discouraged from voting, especially low-income people, people of color, and people with disabilities. This undermines our quest for a truly representative democracy that listens and responds to the needs of all people.

“Too often, big money influences what is possible in our political debates and who is going to hold office. It’s extremely hard to raise the money you need to run for state office. A system of public campaign finance empowers regular people and matches small donations.”
Jesse Laymon

Board Member, Citizen Action of New York

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