American democracy is under direct threat today, and that threat must be vanquished. But in the longer term, we also need to think about ways to make democracy in the United States more representative and more responsive—to do a better job of delivering for the people, and to help ensure that threats like the current one are less likely to arise. And though the Electoral College and the Senate are perennial issues, in some sense the problem all starts with single-member, winner-take-all districts, which deny fair representation to constituent groups and heighten polarization.
In partnership with Protect Democracy and the Democracy Fund, Democracy is proud to present this case for proportional representation (PR) as an alternative to our current system. Would it fix everything? No. Would it be hard to do? Probably. But we’re at the point where we need to consider every alternative. PR can give us a better, purer democracy.