- Preserving a republic of laws
- Strengthening the checks & balances of our democratic operating system
- Raising awareness of emerging risks to the electoral process that is so vital to America’s liberty and prosperity
- Working at national and state levels to mitigate these risks by conducting research, publishing our ideas and promoting dialogue
- Coordinating closely with other civic groups to help promote trust in the strength of our republic and its institutions
Therefore, we rededicate ourselves to uphold the following basic principles, and we call on our fellow citizens to do the same:
Let every eligible voter vote.
Let every vote be counted.
Let the electoral count stand.
Respect the voice of the people in each state as expressed in the popular vote.
Quotes from Our Leaders
“Americans must do whatever we can to preserve American democracy. We both have been to Normandy. We visited the cemetery that honors young Americans who hit the beach knowing their chances of survival were slim. History is asking comparably little of us today to preserve freedom. Surely we will respond to the call.”
Dick Gephardt and Tom Ridge
“Keep Our Republic has been a leader and partner in identifying and addressing potential threats to our orderly electoral process. KOR’s thought leadership and state-level training programs are a model of non-partisan civic action to protect American democracy. “
President, Campaign Legal Center
“Keep Our Republic is amazingly effective at doing exactly what their name suggests. From their thought leadership at the national level, to their pragmatic approach in running state-level educational programs to guard against risks to the electoral process, KOR has harnessed the deep expertise and experience of its members to become an invaluable resource in the fight to preserve democracy.”
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
“The freedom to vote is a foundation of our democracy. Preserving it depends on Americans being able to vote, knowing their vote will be counted and having confidence in the results. Free and fair elections are under attack by enemies both visible and invisible, and confronting them is necessary to avoid chaos.”
Dick Gephardt, Trevor Potter and Tim Wirth
“Democracy is fragile. Its integrity is under threat, and we must do everything in our power to protect it.”
Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement
“The hijacking of our democratic processes by extremists also infringes the constitutional rights of the rest of us—no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on.”
Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
“The ‘Big Lie’ – the baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election outcome was the result of massive fraud and other electoral misconduct – began germinating long before many Americans even realized. It has now endured well beyond reason justifies or our democracy deserves.”
Former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart and Ari Mittleman
“Keep Our Republic brings people together–regardless of party–to prepare for and counter the extremism and political violence that threaten civic life and undermine our democracy. We all have a role to play.”
Mary McCord, Esq.
Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
What We Are Reading
Former Governor Tom Corbett: 2020 election wasn’t stolen. We all must fight against the Big Lie.
“All of us — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — must step up our involvement to protect our elections and our democracy. Become a poll worker on election day, or volunteer for voter assistance hotlines or other programs that help people exercise their right to vote. Learn election basics and defend our elections and our democratic institutions, whether in community discussions, online, or just among your friends. Spread accurate information and respond — respectfully but factually — to misinformation or misunderstanding about our elections.”
Introducing the If We Can Keep It Podcast
Promoting Bipartisan Solutions to Protect Our Democracy
Listen to Keep Our Republic Michigan Advisory Council Member and former Congressman David Trott discuss what’s at stake for our democracy and Keep Our Republic’s work ahead of the 2024 presidential election.