For Activists

Here’s your toolkit for advancing Reflective Democracy.

The Reflective Democracy Dataset

In partnership with our friends at the Center for Technology and Civic Life, we have released the following reports and data.

  • 2018 Ballot Demographics. “A Rising Tide?” compiles race and gender data from a dataset of Congressional, state legislative, and gubernatorial candidates on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Report contains candidates by race, gender, and party on the federal and state levels. Please consult A Rising Tide? The Changing Demographics On Our Ballots – Report for our analysis.
    • Full dataset includes:
      • 2018 candidates and notes on methodology
      • Access the full dataset here
  • 2016-17 Demographics of Power. We compiled race and gender data from a dataset of federal, state, and local candidates on the November 8, 2016 ballot, and from a June 2017 snapshot of elected officials. Reports contain candidates and officeholders by race and gender from the federal to the county level. Please consult 2016-17 Demographics of Power – Report for our analysis.
    • Full dataset includes:
      • a nationwide summary report
      • top 200 US cities
      • 38 major metropolitan areas
      • contested v. uncontested races
      • National Representation Index (NRI) data, measuring political power by race and gender
      • Access the full dataset here
  • 2014-15 Demographics of Power. Our “Who Leads Us” data release compiled race and gender data from a dataset of federal, state, and local officials in pre-election 2014, with a mid-2015 post-election update. Reports contain officeholders by race and gender from the federal to the county level. Please consult 2014-15 Demographics of Power – Report for our analysis.
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  • Justice For All? Who Prosecutes In America. We compiled race and gender data from a dataset of elected prosecutors across 46 states in the summer of 2014. Report contains elected state and county-level prosecutors (known in some localities as Assistant District Attorneys) by race and gender. Please consult Justice For All? Who Prosecutes In America – Report for our analysis.

Research & Analysis

A bi-partisan majority of voters wants more reflective candidates, and less of the Old Boys’ Club. Read on for more of our findings.

Funding Change

By bringing race and gender equity into the political process, our grants are helping realize the true potential of democracy.