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2017 Lessons Can Improve the Vote-By-Mail Experience in 2018

By Tammy Patrick / 2018 May 14th

As vote-by-mail becomes more widely used in elections across the U.S., we offer a few quick tips for elections administrators and voters that can help ensure all eligible ballots are received and counted. Read More

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DF-LEO: Understanding Elections through Local Election Officials

By Natalie Adona / 2018 April 24th

In partnership with Reed College, Democracy Fund is launching a new survey of local election officials intended to amplify their voices in national, state, and regional conversations about election administration and reform. Read More

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A Special Project to Defend America’s Fourth Estate

By Josh Stearns / 2018 April 24th

Alarmed by escalating political attacks against journalists and concerned about what those threats meant for the public’s access to information, Democracy Fund has launched a special project focused specifically on bolstering and defending journalism’s ability to serve as a robust fourth estate. Read More

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Ensuring Language Access for Minority Voters Relies on a Fair and Accurate Census

By Terry Ao Minnis / 2018 April 17th

​We are a mere two years out from “Census Day” 2020 — April 1, 2020 — and we need all hands on deck to ensure a fair and accurate census. The census is paramount for a multitude of reasons — the data are used to make critical decisions in distributing over $600 billion annually in federal spending, developing legislation, making business decisions, and for federal, state, and local planning. On a more foundational level, the census is a pillar of our democracy. Read More

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Strengthening Democracy by Supporting a Just and Inclusive Society

By Nadia Firozvi / 2018 April 16th

​At Democracy Fund, we believe in the dignity of every individual and in the equal protection of their rights under the law. All people have intrinsic value and dignity, and bigotry in any form undermines our democracy. When these values are threatened, we will stand up to protect and preserve fundamental individual rights as enshrouded in the United States Constitution. Read More

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Democracy Fund and Omidyar Network Support Independent Analysis of Facebook’s Role in Elections

By Tom Glaisyer / 2018 April 9th

Today’s Facebook announcement is an important first step in addressing how it is shaping and influencing our democracy. Independent research is crucial to finding solutions to the spread of viral deceptions, increased polarization, targeting of vulnerable populations, and threats to election integrity. Read More

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Defending Democracy and the Rule of Law through Accountability and Oversight

By Lara Flint / 2018 April 2nd

To ensure that checks and balances, separation of powers, rule of law, and accountability aren’t just Washington buzzwords, we’re supporting leaders and organizations from across the political spectrum who are working to strengthen the foundational principles and institutions of our democracy. Read More

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Our special projects to defend democracy

By Lauren Strayer / 2018 March 27th

Four new special projects aim to strengthen the checks and balances that help Americans hold our government accountable, support people and institutions under attack, and help our leaders better understand trends in public opinion that have produced today's politics. Read More

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New York Times Op-Ed: Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name?

By Joe Goldman / 2018 March 20th

In the past two years, a wave of distressing commentary has stressed the fragility of American democracy and the potential, inspired by President Trump, for emerging authoritarianism. But a year into the Trump administration, Americans are rejecting authoritarian alternatives to democracy. Read More

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How do you know that learning has happened?

By Srik Gopal / 2018 March 7th

​Learning is having its moment in philanthropy. So how does one know that learning has, in fact, happened? Read More

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