The way we choose our President needs to be radically redesigned to elect a leader that has the support of the people. The current structure of the presidential election does not incentivize voter participation, allows a candidate who did not win a majority, or even a plurality, of the vote to become President and decide the direction of the country. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports abolishing the Electoral College and implementing a ranked-choice voting system.
The current composition of the legislative branch is marred by partisan gerrymandering, an arbitrary upper limit to the members of the House of Representatives that has not been changed since 1911. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports using nonpartisan comissions to draw congressional distrcits and increasing the number of congressional districts to ensure accurate representation.
In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in restrictions individual states have placed on the ability for their own citizens to participate in the democratic process, under the guise of providing protection against the fictional issue of voter fraud. These restrictions fail to address a problem that does not exist, and only serve to make it more difficult to vote. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: making election day a federal holiday, repealing discriminatory “exact match” laws, implementing early voter periods in each state, instituting national automatic voter registration, and apportioning Members of Congress to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.