Task Force Activities
To accomplish its objectives, the Task Force will engage legal, business and community leaders across the U.S. and will seek to build partnerships with key democracy focused NGOs to leverage their existing networks. Using these resources, the Task Force will undertake the following:
Created in cooperation with leading national experts, these documents will seek to analyze the key challenges facing our democracy as well as propose possible solutions to be considered by the American people. Topics to be addressed include decreasing political polarization in the U.S., the use of deepfakes and misinformation in connection with elections, the politicizing of the administration of elections, assuring an independent justice system and a separation of powers, and improving civics education in all levels of American society.
In collaboration with local partners, the Task Force will host community listening forums in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina focused on addressing the key issues facing our democracy such as trust in elections, election worker safety, improving public dialogue and reducing polarization. We will intentionally limit the size of our convenings to encourage meaningful dialogue amongst community leaders committed to democracy. We are non-partisan and seek collaboration across the political spectrum. Based on these hosted Listening Tours, the Task Force will also create “Listening Tour Toolkits” to be provided to bar associations, institutions of higher education, and community groups around the United Sates such that they can host similar events in their communities and then report back to the Task Force on the outcomes of those sessions.
Rapid Response Teams.
The Task Force will create two types of Rapid Response Teams: (a) a national one comprised of Task Force members; and (b) local ones potentially in all 50 states comprised of lawyers, retired judges and district attorneys, law school deans and community leaders. The Rapid Response Teams will provide real-time public responses to emerging or potential threats to American democracy, to free and fair elections, and to the rule of law as they arise on both national and local levels during the lead up to the counting of electoral college votes on January 6, 2025.
Leveraging the prominence and bi-partisan credentials of the Co-Chairs and Task Force Members and working in collaboration with third party democracy NGOs, the Task Force will seek to inform and educate the public on (a) the importance of American democracy, (b) the centrality of elections to the successful exercise of democracy principles, (c) the imperative of the rule of law in a democracy, and (d) the corrosive effects of extreme rhetoric and misinformation on political discourse.
Report and Recommendations.
In August of 2024, the Task Force will convene a national rule of law summit based on the findings of a published Interim Task Force Report setting forth its activities, learnings, findings, conclusions, and recommendations regarding key issues such as failures to embrace and support democratic principles, threats to the rule of law, election integrity, election worker safety, extreme and violent political rhetoric, political polarization, the urgency for return to civil political discourse, and the need for civics education at all levels of public and private education.