Our Areas of Focus

More Equitable Democracy is a racial justice organization working to advance racial equity through electoral reform. We support communities of color to advocate for systems change in order to elect more reflective and accountable governments at all levels. MED partners with community organizations to reform electoral systems, build their organizational capacity, and share their stories.

Transform Electoral Systems

We transform electoral systems through coalition building, research, public education, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Build Capacity

We build capacity by convening coalitions, investing in leadership development, and responsive grant making.

Tell Powerful Stories

We tell powerful stories about the
struggle for racial justice and how proportional representation can create a more equitable democracy.

Winner-Take-All elections are bad for our communities.

From school board to Congress, too many elected officials don’t look like or share the values of the communities they represent. This disconnect has nothing to do with people and everything to do with winner-take-all elections.

Winner-take-all elections are used all across America. They allow for a single winner, no matter if the second place candidate earns as much as 49% or as little as 10% support. It creates a fictional divide, leads to a two-party system that minimizes racial and economic issues, and wastes the votes of millions of people.

The arc of racial justice bends towards the right to vote and representation.

The arc of racial justice in America bends towards voting rights and representation. This is clear when we look at the right to vote with a historical lens.

A snapshot of voting rights and representation in the United States.

  1. 1856 property requirements abolished
  2. 1870 15th amendment granted African American men the right to vote
  3. 1920 Women’s suffrage was won
  4. 1924 All native Americans won the right to US citizenship
  5. 1964 24th amendment prohibited poll taxes in federal elections
  6. 1965 the Voting Rights Act outlawed the discriminatory voting practices
  7. 1971 26th amendment lowered voting age from 21 to 18.
  8. 1996-2018 states restore felon voting

Despite all these victories with the right to vote, things still aren’t good for so many of us. Winner-take-all elections dominate the electoral landscape and leave many of us without any representation.

What comes next? We need voting rights and representation for all.

Proportional representation connects voting rights to representation.

Proportional representation can transform our democracy by creating a government, and possibly new political parties, that accurately reflects all of our communities, values, and issues.

Winner-take-all elections result in legislative bodies that are for the few, by the few. Proportional representation results in a government that accurately reflects the range of communities, ideas, and concerns in the United States.

Through proportional representation, we can connect voting rights with representation and truly transform our communities.