America's democracy is showing worrying cracks, suggests Ezra Klein of The New York Times. Among several major issues, the US is falling back into dangerous patterns of voter suppression. Many states have implemented laws that restrict access to voting. While Democratic areas are making it easier to vote for all their citizens, Republican areas are doing the opposite, often to the detriment of minorities. The Electoral College creates a system where the majority of the country doesn't get to choose its leader, which is plainly anti-democratic. To keep its democracy healthy, the US needs to ensure citizens aren't hampered from participating in elections.
The US's democratic institutions remain strong, argues Fareed Zakaria in an interview with Vox. While many assaults against American democracy happened, they were overcome. Unlike in flawed democracies elsewhere, Republicans upheld the law when they lost the 2020 election, voluntarily ceding their power. Courts did the same, dismissing the Trump campaign's frivolous election lawsuits. Because of America's separation of powers, it is very hard for a single entity to take over and change laws in its favor. This separates the US from places like India or Hungary, whose democracies are being hollowed out. American democracy remains strong and healthy.