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Common Cause members and the public are interested to know where you stand on additional democracy ideas that some candidates have proposed, like reforming the Supreme Court, lowering the voting age, or expanding voting rights to non-citizens. What do you think about these reforms? And are there any other ways you want to make our democracy more representative, reflective, accessible, or accountable?
Elections are the foundation of our democracy, but in the United States, our government treats voting like it's one of the least important things we do. We have around 8,000 election jurisdictions all doing their own thing. They are overstretched, under-resourced, and their technology is often laughably out of date.
Voting should be easy. But instead, many states make it hard for people to vote. We have all heard stories about polling places running out of ballots, computer problems causing delays, ballot designs confusing voters, and extremely long lines preventing working people from voting. And on top of these administrative issues, racist and partisan officials often deliberately seek to stop citizens from exercising the right to vote. States have purged names from the voter rolls, limited same-day registration, closed polling places in communities of color, used voter ID laws to try to disenfranchise Native Americans, and even placed restrictions and criminal penalties on efforts to register new voters.
We need to make high-quality voting in the greatest democracy in the world easy, convenient, and professional. It's time to secure our elections from all threats, foreign and domestic. It's time to address election security, administration problems, and voter suppression.
We also have a real problem with a Supreme Court that has become increasingly political. The issue isn't just about expansion, it's about depoliticizing the Court. And that's a conversation worth having. For starters, let's make the Supreme Court follow basic rules of ethics, which they don't do on conflicts of interest. My anti-corruption bill would require the Court to follow the Code of Conduct that binds all federal judges.
I would also ban the use of citizenship questions in government surveys and make several long-overdue reforms to prevent the undercounting of the vulnerable, including by counting incarcerated people as residing in their last place of residence, rather than their place of incarceration, and reforming the process for imputing numbers in low-income communities and communities of color. And I will fully fund the Census for another decade and reverse the damage done to hard-to-reach communities by harmful cuts to the Census Bureau.
The foundation of our democracy is under attack every day. Corruption has snaked into every corner of our democracy -- lobbyists, billionaires, and powerful interests stop at nothing to prop up the rich and kick dirt on everyone else. We need to rid our government of corruption so we can make big, structural change in how our government works. That's how we'll take back our democracy from the billionaires and giant corporations who've been running the show.
That's why I introduced the biggest anti-corruption bill since Watergate. It's also why I'm not taking a dime from shady special interests, Washington lobbyists, or PACs of any kind. My campaign is run on the principle of equal access for anybody who invests in this movement. That means no swanky dinners and no fancy cocktail receptions just for the people who write big checks. No setting aside time to thank only the biggest donors. It means I'll be spending my time with grassroots donors and volunteers. I'll keep fighting for people in every corner of this country - but I can't do it alone. Together, we can keep building something incredible.
You can read more about my plan to strengthen our democracy here: https://medium.com/@teamwarren/my-plan-to-strengthen-our-democracy-6867ec1bcd3c