Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand is a POTUS1 candidate. Scroll down for her 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)

  • End voter roll purging
  • Give representation to D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Ranked-choice voting

Voting Rights

  • Same-day voter registration
  • Require paper ballots
  • Automatic voter registration
  • Expand online registration
  • Expand early voting
  • Make Election Day a holiday
Money in Politics

  • Public financing voucher system ($600 in vouchers)
  • Overturn Citizens United

Candidate Overview

Gillibrand has pledged to fix democracy first!

She has an extremely ambitious democracy platform, including requiring paper ballots, expanding early voting, and ending voter roll purging. She has published an impressive public financing plan that would give each potential voter $600 in vouchers to give to federal election candidates of their choice. Click here to see her full democracy reform platform.

Here are some policies she could adopt to improve her platform:

  • A full end to felon disenfranchisement
  • Repeal discriminatory voter ID laws and other voter suppression policies
  • End gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions

If you want to see Kirsten Gillibrand embrace these policies, check the bottom of the page for her staffers’ contact information.

In Her Own Words

“We need to create a public finance system to restore the principle of one person, one vote.”

“We have heard a lot of good ideas on this stage tonight and a lot of plans but the truth is until you go to the root of the corruption, the money in politics, the fact that Washington is run by these special interests, you are never going to solve any of these problems… If we do that and get money out of politics we can guarantee healthcare as a right, not a privilege we can deal with institutional racism, we can’t take on income inequality and we can take on the corporate corruption that runs Washington.”

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