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Popular Democracy

There are basic, simple assumptions central to the maintenance of popular democracy. Citizens choose their representatives not the other way around, voting rights are sacrosanct and fundamental to a people's exercising of their civic voice, and efforts to circumscribe those rights are frequently suspect.

Our Commonwealth advocates for reforms that we believe strengthen the relationship between representatives and the constituencies represented. And that enhance the ability of citizens to make their voice heard. These include:

  • Independent and nonpartisan redistricting

  • Ending ex-felon disenfranchisement

  • Voting and registration reforms: same-day voter registration, motor voter or other automated voter registration, vote-by-mail, and ranked choice voting

  • Popular initiative, referendum, and recall