We scored candidates on these three principles:

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

End voter purges, pass automatic voter registration, expand early voting, same-day registration & vote at home options, and restore the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Make Elections
 Secure & Competitive

Stop foreign meddling in our elections, end gerrymandering, and pass Ranked Choice Voting.

End
 Political Corruption

End secret donations, close the revolving door between government and the lobbying industry, and create democracy vouchers or small donor matching programs that make politicians dependent on voters instead of big-money interests.

You can mouse overtap each grade to see how the candidates earned their marks.

Key

Supports every reform.

Supports several of the reforms.

Hasn’t been definitive about their position on reforms.

Has opposed one of the reforms.

Has opposed several of the reforms.

Candidate

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Secure & Competitive Elections

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

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Candidate

Joe Biden

Supports automatic voter registration, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions but has not supported same day voting registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, and vote at home options.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Opposes accepting information about political opponents from foreign governments and ending gerrymandering, but has not supported ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations, but has not shown definitive support for implementing small-donor public financing or closing the revolving door.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Cory Booker

Supports ending voter purges, automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, same-day registration, and vote at home options.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering, but has not shown definitive support for ranked choice voting and stopping foreign meddling.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports closing the revolving door, ending secret donations, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Pete Buttigieg

Supports automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, same-day registration, and vote at home options. Has not expressed definitive support for ending voter purges.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering and stopping foreign meddling, but has not shown definitive support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports closing the revolving door, implementing small-donor public financing, and ending secret donations.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Julian Castro

Supports automatic voter registration, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, same-day registration, expanding early voting, and vote at home options. Has not expressed definitive support for ending voter purges.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering, but has not shown definitive support for ranked choice voting and stopping foreign meddling.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports implementing small-donor public financing, but has not shown definitive support for closing the revolving door or for ending secret donations.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Tulsi Gabbard

Supports same-day voting registration, automatic voting registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ranked choice voting, and ending gerrymandering but has not shown definitive support for stopping foreign meddling.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations, closing the revolving door, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Kamala Harris

Supports ending voter purges, passing automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, and vote at home options. Has not expressed clear support for same-day registration.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering and stopping foreign meddling, but has not shown support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations, closing the revolving door, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Amy Klobuchar

Supports ending voter purges, passing automatic voter registration, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, and same-day registration. Has not shown definitive support for vote at home options and expanding early voting.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering and stopping foreign meddling, but has not shown support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports implementing small-donor public financing and ending secret donations, but has not expressed support for closing the revolving door.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Beto O'Rourke

Supports ending voter purges, passing automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, same-day registration, and expanding vote at home options.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering and stopping foreign meddling, but has not shown definitive support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports closing the revolving door, ending secret donations, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Bernie Sanders

Supports automatic voter registration, ending voter purges, and restoring voting rights for returning citizens with past felony convictions. Has not expressed definitive support for expanded early voting, vote at home options, or same day voting registration.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ending gerrymandering and stopping foreign meddling, but has not shown definitive support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports closing the revolving door, ending secret donations, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Tom Steyer

Supports same-day voting registration, automatic voting registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Opposes foreign interference in U.S. elections, and supports ending gerrymandering, but has not been definitive about his support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations and implementing small-donor public financing, but has not been specific about his support for closing the revolving door.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Donald Trump

Has not expressed support for automatic voter registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions, and opposes same day voter registration.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Said he would accept information about political opponents from foreign governments, and does not support ranked choice voting and ending gerrymandering.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Has supported stronger revolving door restrictions in the past, but his administration’s record on the issue has been mixed. Hasn’t shown support for implementing small-donor public financing or ending secret donations.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Joe Walsh

Opposes same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, expanded early voting, and vote at home options. Has not shown support for ending voter purges and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Opposes accepting information about political opponents from foreign governments, but has not supported ranked choice voting and ending gerrymandering.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Has not shown definitive support for closing the revolving door, implementing small-donor public financing, or for ending secret donations.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Elizabeth Warren

Supports same-day voting registration, automatic voting registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Opposes accepting information about political opponents from foreign governments, and supports ending gerrymandering but has not been definitive about her support for ranked choice voting.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations, closing the revolving door, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Bill Weld

Has not expressed support for same day voter registration, automatic voter registration, ending voter purges, expanded early voting, vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Opposes accepting information about political opponents from foreign governments, and supports ranked choice voting, but has not supported ending gerrymandering.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Has not expressed his support for closing the revolving door, implementing small-donor public financing, or ending secret donations.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

Candidate

Andrew Yang

Supports automatic voter registration and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions. Has not shown support for ending voter purges, expanding early voting, same-day registration, and vote at home options.

Protect Our
 Right to Vote

Supports ranked choice voting, stopping foreign meddling, and ending gerrymandering.

Secure & Competitive Elections

Supports ending secret donations, closing the revolving door, and implementing small-donor public financing.

End Political
 Corruption

Pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst

Take Action

The following individuals have all pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst, but are either not polling high enough to attend the debates or have since dropped out of the race:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Steve Bullock
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Ben Gleib
  • Joe Sestak
  • Marianne Williamson

Add Your Name: Urge Presidential Candidates to Pledge to #FixDemocracyFirst

To Presidential Candidates,

I’m writing to urge you to #FixDemocracyFirst, and commit to passing comprehensive democracy reform in the first 90 days of your administration. Taking the pledge means that you will:

  • Protect Our Right to Vote by ending voter purges, passing automatic voter registration, expanding early voting, same-day registration & vote at home options, and restoring the vote for returning citizens with past felony convictions.
  • Make Elections Secure & Competitive by stopping foreign meddling in our elections, ending gerrymandering, & passing Ranked Choice Voting.
  • End Political Corruption by ending secret donations, closing the revolving door between government and the lobbying industry, and creating democracy vouchers or small donor matching programs that make politicians dependent on voters instead of big-money interests.

Take the pledge to #FixDemocracyFirst and stand with the 77% of voters who believe that corruption in government is a top issue facing our country. Silence and inaction on this critical problem cannot continue.

Thank you for adding your name to urge presidential candidates to address comprehensive democracy reform in the first 90 days of their administration!

Methodology

How it works: Candidates are graded on their support for the reforms listed in the #FixDemocracyFirst pledge, as divided into three overarching principles. We believe all of these changes are crucial to unrigging our broken system. For the sake of consistency, we treat individual reforms equally: supporting more of these policies gets candidates a higher score—and only when they support the whole package do they get an A.

We compiled candidate stances from their campaign websites, what they’ve said on social media, on the campaign trail, in interviews, or from their support of recent legislation. Our friends at Equal Citizen have created their own scorecard measuring these candidates on similar issue areas.

Campaigns are dynamic. We welcome your feedback—if you see a candidate’s position has changed, send us an email at info@represent.us with the new information.