The Positions

Expand the boxes below to learn where each 2020 Presidential candidate stands on a comprehensive list of democracy reforms.

Our democracy must include the RIGHT TO VOTE and have that vote counted.

Voting Rights Act
Restore and reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % John Delaney % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren %


Automatic Voter Registration
Enact automatic, online, and same-day voter registration.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang %


Rights Restoration
Ensure voting rights restoration for formerly-incarcerated persons.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Andrew Yang %


30 Minute Wait
Support policies to help ensure no individual waits longer than 30 minutes to vote.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Paid Time Off to Vote
Require paid time off for voting during early voting periods or on Election Day, coupled with stronger enforcement mechanisms and the establishment of private rights of action against employers for violations.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang %


Early Voting
Require early voting.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Elizabeth Warren % Andrew Yang %


Pre-Registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Implement voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %


Independent Redistricting Commissions
Require districts to be drawn by independent redistricting commissions using criteria that ensure legislators will represent the will of the voters and require transparency and public participation in the process.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Amy Klobuchar % Tom Steyer % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Andrew Yang %


State Funding for Voting Improvements
Provide grants to states to improve voter participation with flexible registration opportunities; early voting; improved voting system security; and automatic voter registration.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren %


Polling Place Accessibility
Ensure polling place accessibility and develop uniform ballot standards and guidance for polling place resources.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Pete Buttigieg % Marianne Williamson %


End Voter Purges
Protect access to the ballot by limiting states’ ability to remove voters from the rolls through purging, caging, or interstate cross-checks; and prohibit the use of false information to discourage voting.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson %


Investigate Foreign Interference
Require the Director of National Intelligence to determine if a foreign government interfered in a federal election within a reasonable amount of time after every election and impose sanctions if necessary.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Election Assistance Commission
Reauthorize and fully fund the Election Assistance Commission and require it to develop best practices for states to prevent and deter voting rights violations and model training programs and grants for poll worker recruitment.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Maintain Paper Records
Prohibit voting systems without a voter-verified paper record.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Donald Trump % Elizabeth Warren % 


Mandatory Audits
Demand mandatory audits of voting systems and grants to conduct them.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  


Chief Elections Administrator Recusal
Prohibit a state’s chief election administration official from taking part in political campaigns.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Pre-clearance in Redistricting
Require states to obtain declaratory judgment or pre-clearance that any new congressional map does not discriminate on account of race or color in contravention of the Voting Rights Act.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Abolish the Electoral College
Abolish the Electoral College and provide for direct election of the president.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro %  Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Marianne Williamson %


Fair and Accurate Census
Ensure a fair and accurate census and prohibit the Department of Commerce from implementing any major operational design that has not been researched, studied, and tested for a period of not less than three years before the date on which the applicable census occurs.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  


D.C. Statehood
Ensure that District of Columbia residents have full congressional voting rights and self-government, which only statehood can provide.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang %

Our democracy must be HONEST.

Office of Congressional Ethics
Make the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) permanent, grant it subpoena power, and establish a similar office for the Senate.

Elizabeth Warren %


Office of Government Ethics
Strengthen the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and ensure the director may only be removed pursuant to a finding by the president of neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Amy Klobuchar %


Office of Special Counsel
Give the Office of Special Counsel timely access to material available to an agency that relates to an investigation, review, or inquiry relating to whistle-blower allegations or prohibited personnel practices.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Executive Branch Ethics Waivers
Require executive branch ethics waivers to be made public on agency websites.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Conflicts of Interest Reporting
Require agencies to report any conflicts of interest for the president and senior administration officials during the rule-making process.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Congressional Personal Financial Disclosure
Increase disclosure of Members of Congress’s personal finances to include office expenses, gift reports, and foreign travel.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Congressional Voting Record Accessibility
Make Members of Congress’s voting records more accessible online.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Digitize Committee Information
Require committees to post public hearings and markup schedules, testimony, and audio/video bill language online.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Supreme Court Audio and Video Availability
Require audio and video of Supreme Court proceedings to be available online.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Supreme Court Code of Ethics
Require a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

 Elizabeth Warren % 


Strengthen Freedom of Information Act
Strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to require all completed FOIA requests to be available online and fully fund and staff FOIA offices.

No candidates currently support this policy.


White House Visitor Logs Publicly Disclosed
Require public disclosure of White House visitor information, including records of visitors to any location where the president or vice president regularly conducts official business.

Joe Biden %


Require Blind Trust for Presidential Assets
Prohibit the president from holding assets considered a disqualifying financial interest under applicable criminal code – but allow such assets to be put in blind trust.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

No candidates currently support this policy. 


Require Financial Disclosure of Elected Officials
Require the president, vice president, and Members of Congress to file a financial disclosure report by May 15 of the year in which the individual assumes office or within 30 days, whichever is later.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Require Elected Officials to Disclose Conflicts of Interest
Require the president and vice president to disclose and divest any potential conflicts of interest and require presidential appointees to recuse in any specific matters involving the president’s financial conflicts of interest.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Pete Buttigieg % Tulsi Gabbard % Bernie Sanders % Tom Steyer % Joe Walsh % Elizabeth Warren % Marianne Williamson %


Require Disclosure of Presidential Tax Returns
Require the president to submit tax returns to OGE, including the previous three years’ worth of returns before assuming office; OGE must make returns publicly available on the Internet.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Tom Steyer % Joe Walsh % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % 


Require Disclosure of Foreign Debt
Require the president to report income/assets/liabilities owed to foreign country where U.S. is negotiating trade/modifying tariff treatment/etc.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Require Disclosure of Foreign Private Business Transactions
Require the president to disclose private business transactions with foreign governments during the previous 10 years; require disclosure each month thereafter regarding private business transactions between businesses affiliated with the president and foreign governments.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Prohibit Profiting Off Executive Holdings
Prohibit executive branch officials from benefiting from government matters where the president has a financial interest.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Limit Non-Commercial Flights
Limit taxpayer funds for non-commercial flights for cabinet officials.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Prohibit Public Officials from Serving Private Financial Interests
Prohibit Members of Congress from serving on for-profit boards, trading in individual stocks, and using their official positions to further the financial interests of themselves or their immediate family members.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Elizabeth Warren %


Expand Ethics in Government Act
Expand income and asset disclosure requirements in the Ethics in Government Act to include closely-held corporate entities that are controlled by filers.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Require Elected Officials to Reimburse Expenses at Their Own Establishments
Require the president, vice president, and immediate family members to reimburse Treasury for costs pertaining to stay at hotels or establishments where they have ownership or financial interests.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Prohibit Government Funds Spent at Establishments Owned by Public Officials
Prohibit agencies from spending government funds for employee lodging at establishments owned by public officials or relatives.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Assess Foreign Financial Influence
Provide for intelligence assessment regarding efforts of foreign powers to gain influence through the financial interests of the president and family members.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Strengthen Anti-Corruption Laws
Strengthen anti-corruption/honest services/illegal gratuities laws. For example, modify the definition of “official act” for purposes of bribery of public officials; broaden the definition of official act to include the personal and substantial participation through, or investigation of, a question, matter, cause, suit, proceeding, or controversy.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Limit White House Interference in Independent Agencies
Codify longstanding norms concerning White House interference with independent executive agencies and functions such as the Department of Justice and the FBI.

No candidates currently support this policy.

Our democracy must have meaningful PARTICIPATION.

Overturn Citizens United
Pass a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on raising and spending of money to influence elections; grant Congress AND states authority to distinguish between natural persons and corporations/artificial entities for purposes of campaign spending. 

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Tom Steyer % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang % 


Create Public Financing System for Congress
Create a small-donor public financing system for House and Senate races that can include innovative programs like matching funds, vouchers, tax credits, and other solutions.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % John Delaney % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang % 


Create Public Financing System for the Presidency
Repair and modernize the presidential public financing program by establishing a matching fund program for qualified candidates.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson % Andrew Yang % 


Fix the Federal Elections Commission
Reconstitute or restructure the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to break the current gridlock and ensure the agency is upholding our campaign finance laws and has the authority to hold violators accountable.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Pete Buttigieg % Tom Steyer % Elizabeth Warren %


Revise Super PAC Rules
Revise the definition of coordination to ensure that super PACs do not operate as arms of a candidate’s campaign.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Close Foreign Money Loopholes
Close loopholes that allow foreign money into our elections, including through U.S. corporations that are partially or wholly owned by foreign interests.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Elizabeth Warren %

Our democracy must be TRANSPARENT.

Appointees Disclose Political Contributions
Establish new reporting requirements for Senate-confirmed and other political appointees to disclose whether they have solicited or contributed funds for political purposes to PACs, trade associations, and certain nonprofits.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Require Disclosure of Political Donors
Require disclosure of large donors to nonprofits that intervene or participate in political campaigns, such as a politically-active 501(c)(4) organization, to ensure voters know who is behind their spending.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Elizabeth Warren %


Require Inauguration Committees to Disclose Expenditures
Require presidential inauguration committees to disclose their expenditures and restrict funds being used on purposes unrelated to the inauguration.

Elizabeth Warren %


Ensure Transparency for Online Political Ads
Enhance transparency and disclosure for online political advertisements to ensure digital ad spending is at least as transparent as requirements for broadcast advertisements.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Joe Biden % Elizabeth Warren %


Require Transparency Around Political Expenditures by Public Companies
Require shareholder authorization for certain political expenditures by public companies; require certain expenditures to require a board vote; and provide investors and the public with more information about political spending.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Online Availability of Public Information About Nonprofits
Require already public information about nonprofits to be put online in a searchable, usable format.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Permit Cameras in Supreme Court
Permit television cameras in all open sessions of the Supreme Court unless it decides by a majority vote that such coverage would violate the due process rights of any parties involved.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Securities and Exchange Commission Rulemaking
Promulgate rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission to require more disclosure of political spending and donations.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  


Internal Revenue Service Rulemaking
Promulgate rulemaking by the Internal Revenue Service to bring clarity to rules governing 501(c) political activity.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Disclosure of Political Spending by Government Contractors
Issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose all of their political spending.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

No candidates currently support this policy.


Online Availability of Reports
Require the Government Publishing Office to make congressionally-mandated reports, such as those from the Congressional Research Office, available online.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Availability of Government Data
Make government data machine readable and in an open format.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Disclosure of Deferred Prosecution Agreements
Require public disclosure of deferred prosecution agreements.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Disclosure of Industry Giving
Require public corporations to disclose how much money they give to industry associations.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Accessibility of Disclosure Forms
Require financial disclosure forms of senior government officials and members of Congress to be better accessible for public review.

No candidates currently support this policy.


New Recordkeeping Requirements
Address recordkeeping requirements for apps such as “Signal” that do not preserve records.

No candidates currently support this policy.

Our democracy must be RESPONSIVE.

Restore Senate Processes
Ensure all branches of government can function as intended, potentially including restoring the Senate’s processes and reforming the size and structure of the Supreme Court.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Pete Buttigieg % Julián Castro % Tom Steyer % Elizabeth Warren %


Reform the Supreme Court 
Ensure all branches of government can function as intended, potentially including restoring the Senate’s processes and reforming the size and structure of the Supreme Court.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Pete Buttigieg % John Delaney % Tom Steyer % Elizabeth Warren % Andrew Yang % 


Senior Executive Lobbying Ban
Establish a 5-year ban on individuals appointed to Executive Schedule positions, and senior Congressional staff, from engaging in lobbying activities at the federal level.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Donald Trump %


Congressional Lobbying Ban
Enact a lifetime lobbying ban on former Members of Congress.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Bernie Sanders % Elizabeth Warren %


Revise Lobbyist Definition
Revise the definition of lobbyist to ensure those who provide paid strategic advice in support of a lobbyist contract must register as lobbyists and lower the threshold of hours required to trigger lobbying registration.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden %


Amend Lobbying Disclosure Act
Amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act to provide more information (e.g., specific office lobbied, not just “House” or “Senate;” more information about what was asked of a Member of Congress; and information about how a lobbyist urged an office to vote).

No candidates currently support this policy.


Ban Appointee Communications
Ban communications by a former political appointee with intent to influence officers or employees at their former executive branch agency or department.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Ban Executive Financial Incentives
Ensure that executive branch officials do not receive incentive “bonuses” from private sector employees for entering government service.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Require Regulator Recusal
Require senior financial services regulators to recuse themselves from any official actions that directly or substantially benefit the former employers or clients for whom they worked in the previous two years.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Limit Civil Service Careers of Appointees
Prohibit political appointees from taking career positions in the civil service for two years after the individual separates from a political position.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Limit Lobbyist Contributions
Restrict the total amount of money a lobbyist can donate to, bundle, or solicit for a member of Congress or congressional candidate to the individual contribution limit (currently set at $2,800 per election).

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

No candidates currently support this policy.


Ban Congressional Contributions
Ban contributions to congressional committee members from entities under the committee’s jurisdiction; consider also banning members of Congress and congressional candidates from soliciting contributions from lobbyists while Congress is in session.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Ban in Session Lobbyist Contributions
Ban contributions to congressional committee members from entities under the committee’s jurisdiction; consider also banning members of Congress and congressional candidates from soliciting contributions from lobbyists while Congress is in session.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %  


Close Foreign Agent Registration Act Loophole
Close a loophole in the Foreign Agent Registration Act by eliminating a provision that allows persons to avoid registering as foreign agents if they register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %


Strengthen Offices of Civil Rights
Grant more independence for agency Offices of Civil Rights to investigate and prosecute wrongdoers.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet %


Create Office of Equity
Create an Office of Equity (similar to an Office of Governmental Ethics) to examine who benefits from expenditures and policies, through an equity lens.

No candidates currently support this policy.

Our democracy must uphold CHECKS + BALANCES.

Federal Law Enforcement Agency Independence
Prevent political interference in applying the law by committing to support equal application of the law and guarantee the independence of the Department of Justice, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. The president should prevent improper White House interference and involvement in specific law enforcement matters and report to Congress and the public on contacts between the White House and agencies in specific cases.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Joe Biden % Elizabeth Warren %


Restore Congressional Role in War
Restore Congress’s role in decisions of war by making a transparent case to the public, providing the legal reasons for using military force, and consulting with and seeking approval from Congress before proactively launching new conflict.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Tulsi Gabbard % Amy Klobuchar % Bernie Sanders % Joe Walsh % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson %


Congressional Oversight of Emergency Powers
The president must use emergency powers responsibly by respecting Congress’s authority as a coequal branch, and not use emergency powers to circumvent the normal political process. Restore congressional power by requiring congressional approval for emergencies that invoke significant authorities.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Merit-Based Presidential Appointments
The president must respect the Constitution by seeking and obtaining Senate approval for qualified nominees. The president should not appoint family members to key positions and should select people based on merit.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Checks on Presidential Pardon Power
Checks should be placed on the presidential pardon power so that presidents do not use this power to place themselves above the law or dangle the prospect for unlawful purposes.

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Tulsi Gabbard % Bernie Sanders % Tom Steyer % Joe Walsh % Elizabeth Warren % Bill Weld % Marianne Williamson %


Protect Civil Servants
Ensure the independence of civil servants, and ensure that a president does not intimidate, discriminate, or retaliate against them based on political affiliation or work in prior administrations.

No candidates currently support this policy.


Protect Security Clearance Process
Ensure that the security clearance process is used for national security purposes, not to exercise political favor or retribution.

Michael Bennet % Joe Biden % Cory Booker % Pete Buttigieg % Bernie Sanders % Tom Steyer % Joe Walsh % Elizabeth Warren %


Protect Judicial Independence
Protect the independence of the judiciary and ensure that a president nominates justices who will protect an inclusive democracy. The president also should commit to ensuring that Executive branch officials comply with court orders.

CANDIDATES IN SUPPORT

 Elizabeth Warren %

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