RepresentUs scored major presidential candidates based on their stated positions 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

Take Action

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, and implementing small-donor public financing but has not shown definitive 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

The following individuals have all pledged to #FixDemocracyFirst, but have since dropped out of the race:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Steve Bullock
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Ben Gleib
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Deval Patrick
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Joe Sestak
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Bill Weld
  • Andrew Yang

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 Citizens and End Citizens United have created their own scorecards 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.