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Listening Tours

Taking the Next Step: Ensuring Trusted Elections and Civics

Join the Task Force for American Democracy on a cross-country listening tour focused on addressing the key issues facing our democracy, such as ensuring trust in elections and improving civic dialog.

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Unsung Heroes of Democracy Award

The Unsung Heroes of Democracy Award honors lawyers, election workers, everyday citizens and non-profit organizations that stand up for democracy and the rule of law.

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Mission

The mission of the ABA Task Force for American Democracy is to: (i) inspire and mobilize America’s duty-bound legal profession to actively support and defend American democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law; (ii) ensure that lawyers are educated and held accountable to their professional obligations to support and defend our democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law; and (iii) Leverage the legal profession to educate the public on the reasons for, and the importance of, democracy and the rule of law.

Background

American democracy is under threat. The facts are sobering:

  • In a recent Pew study, 51% of Americans said they are dissatisfied with how democracy is working and 46% said they are open to other forms of government, including rule by a strong leader.
  • Less than one third of Millennials consider it essential to live in a democracy.
  • According to a 2022 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey, 25% of US adults can name only 1 of the 3 branches of government and more than 20% can't name any branch of government.
  • Against all available evidence, many Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen and question the integrity of our election systems. Some even say they are prepared to resort to violence if their desired candidate does not win the next election.

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Contact the Task Force by using this online form.