The Issues and their solutions

Our election processes have been manipulated by partisans over hundreds of years to distort public preferences. If you feel that your vote is wasted, that the voices on the TV are getting crazier, and that in the end you don't like any of the candidates you have to pick from, know that you're not alone and there is a way out.

Out of dozens of viable proposals, New Moose is focused on two reforms.

non-partisan redistricting

Democrats and Republicans have both been guilty of gerrymandering, the process of drawing electoral district lines to give a political party enduring electoral advantage, even if that misrepresents voters (e.g. in 2016 in Wisconsin the Republican drawn map allowed them to win 64 of 99 state house seats and 5 of 8 US house seats with less than half of the vote overall). 

It's not the only one, but gerrymandering is a big reason that both the national and state houses are so much more extreme than the people of our country in general and why the party in power so often stays in power.

Luckily some states have done a lot to solve gerrymandering through non-partisan redistricting. Politicians at every level of government have the power to advocate for non-partisan redistricting, and we want to push them to do so.

rank-choice voting

In most American elections use plurality voting, a system in which every voter shares only their first preference and the top vote getter wins even if they earn less than 50% of the vote.

This system's appeal is its simplicity, but unfortunately it is highly distorting. It is the reason why a vote for a third-party is seen as a spoiler vote (and hence why third parties aren't competitive), and why polarizing politicians can win elections by pandering to relatively small groups of extremist voters (e.g. the 2016 Republican presidential primary).

Rank-choice voting is also very simple and solves theses problems. It does this by forcing candidates to compete for the second and third preference votes of moderate voters, and by allowing voters to express their preference for third party candidates without wasting their vote. We want more candidates to push for rank-choice voting.