Bright Line Watch Statements about Democracy

1.  Elections are conducted, ballots counted, and winners deter­mined without pervasive fraud or manipulation
2.  All adult citizens have equal oppor­tu­ni­ty to vote
3.  Voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in elections is generally high
4.  Elections are free from foreign influence
5.  The geo­graph­ic bound­aries of electoral districts do not sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly advantage any par­tic­u­lar political party
6.  All votes have equal impact on election outcomes
7.  Parties and can­di­dates are not barred due to their political beliefs and ideologies
8.  All adult citizens enjoy the same legal and political rights
9.  Government does not interfere with jour­nal­ists or news organizations
10.  Government effec­tive­ly prevents private actors from engaging in polit­i­cal­ly-motivated violence or intimidation
11.  Government protects indi­vid­u­als’ right to engage in unpopular speech or expression
12.  Government protects indi­vid­u­als’ right to engage in peaceful protest
13.  Government officials are legally sanc­tioned for misconduct
14.  Government officials do not use public office for private gain
15.  Government agencies are not used to monitor, attack, or punish political opponents
16.  Even when there are dis­agree­ments about ideology or policy, political leaders generally share a common under­stand­ing of relevant facts
17.  Executive authority cannot be expanded beyond con­sti­tu­tion­al limits
18.  The leg­is­la­ture is able to effec­tive­ly limit executive power
19.  The judiciary is able to effec­tive­ly limit executive power
20.  The elected branches respect judicial independence
21.  Elected officials seek com­pro­mise with political opponents
22.  Political com­pe­ti­tion occurs without criticism of opponents’ loyalty or patriotism
23.  Information about the sources of campaign funding is available to the public
24.  Public policy is not deter­mined by large campaign contributions
25.  Citizens can make their opinions heard in open debate about policies that are under consideration
26.  Citizens have access to infor­ma­tion about can­di­dates that is relevant to how they would govern
27.  Law enforce­ment inves­ti­ga­tions of public officials or their asso­ciates are free from political influence or interference