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Govt Reform

Michael Bennet (D)

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court and open to implementing term limits
• Supports DISCLOSE Act, which would require certain PACs to be transparent about donors
• Against eliminating the Senate filibuster
• End gerrymandering
• Supports DC statehood
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Mandate paper ballots

Joe Biden (D)

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Pass a constitutional amendment to entirely eliminate private dollars from U.S. federal elections
• Create a public financing system for federal campaigns
• Supports DC statehood
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Sign an executive order blocking any future White House administration from interfering with investigations by the Justice Department
• Pass a total ban on lobbying by foreign governments
• Ban lobbyist from donating to candidates they lobby
• Require all candidates for federal office to disclose tax returns dating back 10 years

Cory Booker (D)

• More transparency in committee hearings
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• End gerrymandering
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Mandate paper ballots
• Create an office in the White House with the purpose of fighting against white supremacy

Pete Buttigieg (D)

• Proposes having a 15-justice court with 5 Democratic appointees, 5 Republican appointees, and 5 selected by unanimous consensus of the other 10 justices
• Open to implementing term limits for Supreme Court justices
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• End gerrymandering with independent, statewide redistricting commissions
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC with a constitutional amendment
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Supports automatic voter registration and open to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Automatically register eligible voters using information the government already has
• Allow people to vote with a sworn written statement of identity to neutralize the effects of voter ID laws
• Allow online and same-day registration
• Enable the federal government to block racist voting laws before they take effect
• Force the executive office to receive approval from Congress to extend military force every three years

Julián Castro (D)

• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court and open to implementing term limits
• Supports automatic voter registration and open to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Mandate paper ballots

John Delaney (D)

• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Supports automatic voter registration and against lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Opposes gerrymandering
• Keep the Electoral College
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Against eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court
• Limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms

Tulsi Gabbard (D)


• Supports automatic voter registration and lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Supports DC and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Mandate paper ballots
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court

Amy Klobuchar (D)

• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures
• Prohibit voter caging
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court and against implementing term limits
• Return authority to declare war to Congress
• Mandate paper ballots
• Require that tax-exempt organizations disclose to the IRS the names of individual donors who contribute more than $5,000 per year
• Introduced election security legislation

Deval Patrick (D)

• End gerrymandering and voter suppression
• Decries "the explosion of dark money into elections" and "the influence of paid lobbyists"

Bernie Sanders (D)

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC by passsing a Constitutional Amendment that makes clear that money is not speech and corporations are not people
• Establish disclosure requirements for all political contributions
• Abolish the Federal Elections Commission and replace it with a law enforcement agency, the Federal Election Administration
• Open to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Supports automatic voter registration and open to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• End gerrymandering
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Reinforce the Voting Rights Act
• Supports 12-year term limits for Supreme Court Justices and rotating judges into appeals courts
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court
• Mandate paper ballots
• Institute a lifetime lobbying ban for former members of Congress and senior staffers

Tom Steyer (D)

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Implement a term limit of 12 years for the House of Representatives and Senate
• Implement a Vote At Home system which would provide voters with postage-paid absentee ballots
• Establish a national referendum process which would allow citizens to vote on 2 key issues per year
• Supports election reform legislation that would protect voting rights for Native Americans and tackle discriminatory practices in voting
• End gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
• Expand the size of the Supreme Court
• Restructure the Federal Election Commission

Donald Trump (R)

• Ran for first term on platform of "draining the swamp"
• Signed executive order requiring that for every new regulation, two old ones must be eliminated
• Voter ID should be required
• Keep the Electoral College
• Opposes increasing the number of Supreme Court Justices
• Opposes filibusters in Senate
• Signed a bipartisan bill to make Senate campaign donations more transparent

Joe Walsh (R)

• Unknown

Elizabeth Warren (D)

• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Protect the Voting Rights Act
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Eliminate the Senate filibuster
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Mandate paper ballots
• Strengthen congressional support agencies and give congressional staffers competitive salaries so that Congress doesn't have to use corporate lobbyists to make informed decisions
• Prohibit judges from deciding for themselves whether they should recuse from a case due to a conflict of interest
• Continue investigations into judicial misconduct even when a judge leaves office
• Anti-corruption plan:
• End the practice of federal candidates taking corporate PAC money
• Impose strict rules on all lobbyists, including preventing them from donating to or fundraising for political candidates
• Force senior government officials to divest from privately-owned assets that could present conflicts of interest
• Disclose tax returns of federal candidates and officeholders to the public automatically
• Restrict the ability of lobbyists to enter government jobs
• Impose a tax on excessive lobbying
• Ban giant corporations from hiring senior government officials for at least four years after they leave public office

Bill Weld (R)

• Previously pledged to cut the federal government by 20 percent to reduce waste
• Supports term limits for members of Congress
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Wants to pass a law requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns

Marianne Williamson (D)

• Supports automatic voter registration and open to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Supports public financing for federal campaigns
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Establish a cabinet level Department of Children and Youth
• Pass legislation for public funding of federal campaigns
• Establish cabinet level Department of Peace

Andrew Yang (D)

• Give every American $100 a year to give to candidates of their choice
• Keep the Electoral College
• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court
• Limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms
• Return authority to declare war to Congress
• End partisan gerrymandering
• Supports automatic voter registration and lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Modernize and secure existing election infrastructure
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Supports voting via mobile devices
• Improve our political rhetoric by calling out leaders that use dehumanizing language