Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg 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)

  • End partisan and prison gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
  • Statehood for D.C.
  • Puerto Rico should have immediate representation in the Electoral College, and statehood if they want it
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Fix the harms caused by a politicized and inaccurate Census count
  • Paper ballots
  • A nonpartisan and fully resourced election administration to prevent unfair partisan skewing of our elections

Voting Rights

  • Automatic voter registration
  • Same-day voter registration
  • Online voter registration
  • Portable registration
  • Expand early voting and voting by mail
  • Make Election Day a holiday
  • Standards for poll workers and the distribution of voting machines
  • Restore the Voting Rights Act
  • Limits on voter purges.
  • Provide access for people with disabilities
  • Protect voting rights on tribal lands
  • Neutralize the effects of restrictive voter ID bills
  • Fix the harms caused by a politicized and inaccurate Census count
  • Accessible registration materials and other language access provisions
  • Increase and enforce criminal penalties for people who try to interfere with a person’s right to vote

Money in Politics

  • Public financing of elections with a small-donor matching system
  • Strengthen the Federal Election Commission
  • Overturn Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo

Candidate Overview

Buttigieg has pledged to fix democracy first!

Buttigieg’s reform plan is multi-faceted and comprehensive, with proposals for automatic voter registration, independent redistricting commissions to end gerrymandering, and voting by mail. He has come out in support of public financing of elections with fund-matching for small donors which is promising, but more details are needed to access this proposal.

Click here to see his full democracy reform platform.

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

  • Ranked-choice voting
  • A full end to felon disenfranchisement

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

In His Own Words

On his first priority as president: “We’ve got to fix our democracy before it’s too late. We get that right and climate, immigration, taxes and everything else gets better”

“We also need to create common-sense campaign finance rules that clearly establish that corporations do not have the same political rights as people, and dollars cannot outvote human beings.”

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