SXSW 2023

The Future of American Democracy: What’s At Stake


Under our current electoral rules, candidates are rewarded for extreme, anti-democratic views that put them in positions of power.

Something must change, but what? The Electoral College, gerrymandering, zero-sum ballots and winner-take-all rules are all breaking our democracy and we deserve bold solutions. Congressman Jamie Raskin, Harvard’s Danielle Allen, and FairVote’s long-time CEO Rob Richie will discuss the problem and propose bold, yet viable solutions - from a comprehensive constitutional amendment to statutory changes like the Fair Representation Act, Ranked Choice Voting and the National Popular Vote plan. Attendees will hear Raskin’s powerful personal story, learn more about the challenges we face, and hear how to make powerful changes on the local, state and national level.

Related Media

Other Resources / Information


  1. The greatest threats to democracy aren’t individual politicians or lobbyists - they’re the political systems that reward democracy-eroding behavior.
  2. We can heal our democracy, but we can also make it better than ever, starting with women and voters of color who have been marginalized too long.
  3. There is a direct path for Americans to effect change at all levels of government.


  • Rob Richie, CEO and President, FairVote
  • Jamie Raskin, Congressman, House of Representatives
  • Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University/Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University


Ashley Houghton, Communications Director, FairVote

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

Add Comments

comments powered by Disqus

SXSW reserves the right to restrict access to or availability of comments related to PanelPicker proposals that it considers objectionable.