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Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang is a POTUS1 candidate. Scroll down for his detailed policy positions.

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Candidate’s Grade

A+

Grading Methodology

A+: comprehensive democracy plan with impressive public financing plan, promise to fix democracy first

A: comprehensive democracy plan with a strong policy in each category

B: notable proposals but overall plan lacks depth regarding scope and/or implementation

C: few democracy reform proposals, campaign makes infrequent mentions of reform

D: no meaningful democracy plan

F: active opponent of democracy

Candidate Policy Positions

Everyone’s Vote Should Count (Equally)

  • Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • End gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
  • Promote the use of the efficiency gap to measure partisan gerrymandering when evaluating and drawing district maps
  • Proportional allocation of Electoral College votes
  • Ranked choice voting
  • End the filibuster

Voting Rights

  • Automatic voter registration
  • Make Election Day a holiday
  • Lower the voting age to 16
  • Restoring full voting rights to those convicted of felonies
  • Limits on voter purges
  • Prohibit voter ID laws
  • Same day registration
  • Restoring the Voting Rights Act
  • Native American Voting Rights Act
  • Make voting easier for people with disabilities
  • Early voting and no-excuse absentee ballots

Money in Politics

  • Public financing of elections: provide every eligible American voter with $100 Democracy Dollars for each federal election cycle, a voucher that they can use to support candidates of their choosing
  • Reform FEC
  • Eliminate Super PACs
  • Overturn Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo
  • Prevent individuals serving in government from accepting money from lobbyists for a personal legal defense fund.
  • Increase salaries for government officials who operate in a regulatory capacity to much higher levels, but ban them from receiving anything of value in exchange for advocating for a position (lobbying) to members of the federal government
  • Provide an Anti-Corruption Stipend for all members of the Executive Branch after the termination of their employment, to be paid as long as they don’t accept anything of value in exchange for advocating for a position to members of the federal government.

Candidate Overview

Yang has pledged to fix democracy first!

Overall, his ideas for democracy reform are impressive—particularly his “democracy dollars” proposal for public financing.

Click here to see his full democracy reform platform. To watch his town hall with us, click here.

In His Own Words

“I’ve been saying around the country the first thing I’m going to do is get people 1,000 bucks a month…But I will actually amend it all to say the first thing I will do is put democracy back in the hands of the American people. Then the second thing I am going to do is get you that money.”

“The big problem right now with running for office is that you have to get the money on your side and the people on your side, and these are two different things. Imagine if every American had $100 Dollars to give to their favorite candidate—then if you get 10,000 people behind you, you’d get $1 million. You could then act in the best interests of the people you represent instead of sucking up to rich people and companies. Calling rich people for money is soul-crushing. We’d all be better off if politicians just needed to worry about representing the people that elected them rather than hustling for money all of the time.”

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