What would a democracy occupied by voters look like?

1) Voters would be heard

Politicians spend too much time raising big money and too little time listening to voters. Regular people can't afford to make large contributions – nor should you have to in order to have your voice heard. Government should be of, by, and for the people, not bought and paid for by corporate CEOs.

Fair Elections Now | Public Campaign

 

2) Corporate money wouldn't drown out everyone else

Corporations shouldn't be considered people when it comes to political campaigns. Democracy belongs to the people, not to corporations. A constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision on Citizens United is needed.

Public Citizen: Democracy is for People | Free Speech for People

 

3) Voting would be available to all

Over the past year, conservative lawmakers, backed by corporate money, have made voting even harder by shortening absentee voting periods, requiring an ID to vote, and eliminating election-day voter registration. These efforts are aimed at low-income voters, seniors, students, people of color, and ethnic minorities. Instead of making it harder to vote, elected officials should be making it available to every qualified voter.

Brennan Center for Justice