Eric Swalwell

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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)

    • End gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
    • Eliminate the Electoral College
    • Statehood for D.C. (and Puerto Rico if they want it)

    Voting Rights

    • Automatic voter registration
    • Expand early voting and voting by mail
    • Make Election Day a national holiday
    • Lower the voting age to 16

    Money in Politics

    • Move toward public financing of campaigns by creating a small donor-focused matching system
    • Overturn Citizens United

    Candidate Overview

    Swalwell has not pledged to fix democracy first.

    He is one of the few candidates to put forward an effective plan to combat gerrymandering with his proposal for independent redistricting commissions. He has also notably voiced support for public financing, but has yet to outline the specifics of his plan.

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

    • Same-day voter registration
    • Clearer and more aggressive public funding proposal
    • Repeal discriminatory voter ID laws and other voter suppression policies
    • A full end to felon disenfranchisement
    • Ranked-choice voting

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

    In His Own Words

    “Let’s strive in our lifetime to have publicly financed campaigns so that you can see more courageous members of Congress representing their constituents.”

    “Americans have reached consensus on many important issues, but our voices are silenced by the dirty maps and dirty money polluting our government. On gun violence, health care, education, and more, people like you and I – people who weren’t born with political connections or deep pockets – are not being heard in Washington.”

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