Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a POTUS1 candidate! Scroll down for his detailed policy positions.

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Candidate’s Grade


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)

  • Representation for D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • End Prison Gerrymandering
  • Independent redistricting commissions
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Ranked choice voting

Voting Rights 

  • Register voters automatically upon turning 18
  • End voter ID and other forms of voter suppression
  • Make Election Day a holiday
  • A full end to felon disenfranchisement
  • Restore the Voting Rights Act
  • Extend polling hours
  • Open primaries

Money in Politics

  • Public financing vouchers
  • Abolish Super PACs
  • Mandate public financing for federal elections
  • Mandatory public funding for National Party Conventions
  • Ban all corporate donations for inaugural events and cap individual donations to $500
  • Overturn Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo
  • Pass legislation to end super PACs, political spending by 501c4s and other organizations who accept unlimited contributions or do not disclose donors.
  • Abolish the Federal Election Commission and replace it with the Federal Election Administration
  • Ban advertising during presidential primary debates
  • Institute a lifetime lobbying ban for former members of Congress and senior staffers.

Candidate Overview

Bernie has pledged to fix democracy first!

He is the only candidate to support a full end to felon disenfranchisement. He also has a number of reform positions that are stronger than those of his fellow candidates, and his public financing plan—universal democracy dollars—is stellar.

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

Here are some policies he could adopt to improve his platform:

  • Same-day voter registration

If you want to see Bernie Sanders embrace these policies, check the bottom of the page for his staffers contact information.

In His Own Words

“We have seen what happens when corporations and billionaires control our system of government to protect their own profit and greed. The era of Wall Street billionaires controlling our government and elections must come to an end, and we must take back our democracy for the American people. Every American, regardless of income and race, must have the freedom to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

“I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people… Because once you start chipping away, and you say, ‘Well that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well that person did that, not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.”

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