Featured Stories
Money in Politics: An Urgent Civil Rights Issue
America’s campaign finance system is badly broken. It enables a handful of mega-donors to dominate the public agenda and diminishes public support for government. It is also a major source of inequality. A new Brennan Center project explores how the system excludes women, communities of color, and other underserved citizens from the political process — and examines solutions, such as public financing, to reduce these disparities. 
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States Reduce Crime and Incarceration
New data punctures the myth we need mass incarceration to keep communities safe.
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The Top 5
Tell DNC and RNC: End Mass Incarceration
Both political parties have championed policies leading to mass incarceration. It's time to boldly break from the past and support criminal justice reform in this year's party platforms. Sign our petition with The Nation.
   
 
Voting Rights at the Crossroads
The Atlantic interviewed Michael Waldman on voting restrictions in 2016, new automatic registration laws, and his new book, The Fight to Vote.
   
 
Soon 1 in 5 Americans May Live in a State with Automatic Voter Registration 
Illinois would be the sixth state in the country to approve automatic registration. The governor needs to sign the bill.
   
 
Rethinking Judicial Selection
In recent decades, state judicial selection has become increasingly politicized, polarized, and dominated by special interests.
   
 
How Can We Improve Judicial Diversity?
State courts across the country still struggle with diversity. A new Brennan Center resource provides concrete guidance on how to effectively recruit more diverse candidates for the bench.
   
 
From Our Fellows
Bringing Common Sense to the Sunshine State
Florida has a well-deserved reputation for botching elections. This year the state has a chance to turn things around, writes Ciara Torres-Spelliscy.
   

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Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map 
Judicial selection is complex. States select judges differently depending on both the level of state court and what type of judicial vacancy is being filled. Our new interactive map allows users to explore, compare, and evaluate selection processes across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to help foster conversations about how those methods might be improved.