On The Issues
In Congress, I will fight to change the landscape of our electoral machine. There are four major elements I would alter to give a voice back to the people.
- Gerrymandering. Both parties do it, and it isn’t right or fair. By participating in gerrymandering, politicians redraw district lines to favor themselves and keep members of their own party in power. This undermines democracy and cheapens the voting process.
- Money in Politics. It’s no secret that there’s too much money involved in politics. Running a campaign is terribly expensive, and with Citizens United, it’s possible for huge corporations to funnel large, undisclosed amounts of money to candidates. PACs and super PACs provide corporations and special interest groups the means to buy elections and control the lawmaking process. It’s time to get big money out of politics. As such, I’m only accepting donations from people, not corporations or special interest groups. I believe we can run a successful campaign on small grassroots donations.
- Term limits. Incumbents win approximately 95% of congressional races and 90% of senate races. This allows politicians to serve 20, 30, or even 40 years in office. We set term limits for the President. Why not have them for the House and the Senate, too. It seems that once one election is over, politicians immediately start campaigning for the next election cycle. How can lawmakers fulfill their duties to their constituents when they’re constantly on the campaign trail?
- Voting. We should be making it easier to vote, not more difficult. Restrictive voter ID laws coupled with an inadequate number of polling locations and a lack of early or mail-in voting options make it difficult for everyone who is eligible to vote to exercise that right. Our voter turnout is one of the worst among democracies in the world. I would like to see Election Day made a national holiday to get those numbers up. Additionally, I will fight to move our election system from our first-past-the-post system to a system that better captures the will of the people such as ranked-choice, scored, or score-runoff voting.