Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer 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 gerrymandering with independent redistricting commissions
  • Mandate paper ballots and post-election audits (HR1)
  • Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • Eliminate the Electoral College

Voting Rights

  • Automatic voter registration (HR1)
  • Same day voter registration (HR1)
  • Initiate a vote-at-home system
  • Restore the Voting Right Act 
  • The Native American Voting Rights Act
  • Ending felon disenfranchisement post-sentence (HR1)
  • No-excuse absentee voting (HR1)
  • Regulations on voter purges (HR1)
  • Limiting the supressing effect of voter ID laws (HR1)
  • Early Voting (HR1)
  • Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds (HR1)

Money in Politics

  • Public campaign financing vouchers (“democracy dollars”)
  • Restructure the Federal Election Commission
  • Overturn Citizens United
  • Increased campaign finance disclosure (HR1)

Candidate Overview

Steyer has pledged to fix democracy first!

Steyer released a democracy plan which includes cutting-edge reforms such as independent redistricting commissions and vote-at-home. More importantly, he expresses a commitment to sign HR 1, if elected. (We would like to see him publicly commit to each key policy of HR 1 individually, however.). At our Democracy Town Hall, Steyer pledged support for Democracy Dollars, as well as statehood for DC. Steyer also supports a couple of unusual reforms: term limits and national popular referendums.

Click 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:

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

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

In His Own Words

“America has lost touch with one of its founding principles: a democracy of, by, and for the people. Our system isn’t working for real people, because it’s been corrupted by corporate influence, a lack of political transparency, and partisan efforts to suppress voter participation for their own benefit.”

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