We are a nonpartisan University of Texas at Austin student organization advocating for common-sense electoral reform.

Join us at our meetings every other Tuesday to get involved.

The greatest problem facing the United States today is polarization and civic disengagement.  After all, it’s hard to accomplish much of anything without a functioning participatory democracy.

Yet, despite our apparently hyper-partisan political climate, 42% of voters identify themselves as independents, a larger group than either Democrats or Republicans.  In fact, research shows that while Congress has tended toward political extremes, the American public has not.  So what’s going on here?

Our broken political systems exacerbate polarization, deter civic participation, and are hostile to independent voters: Closed primary elections bolster candidates furthest from the center.  Gerrymandering artificially benefits the political party in power.  Our voting system precludes proportional representation and punishes you for expressing your true preferences.

We aim to educate university students about these dangers and push for voting reform on local, state, and national levels.

Our goal is to change the electoral system in order to encourage a diversity of political opinion, achieve common political ground through moderation, and amplify the voices of independent voters.

“Voting booths” photo from Penn State used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license