Here are Hillary's comprehensive views and plans for taking big, unaccountable money out of politics and augmenting voting rights. As high schoolers, we view election corruption as a root cause for societal disapproval and distrust in the political process. It also leads to diminished influence of citizens' opinions in politics, instead making our congress beholden to lobbying interests like the NRA or oil. Finally, election reform is key to unifying Hillary's campaign with straggling Bernie supporters. All of our content is directly copied from hillaryclinton.com/issues.
Campaign Finance Reform
Americans are understandably cynical about a political system that has been hijacked by billionaires and special interests. That’s why Hillary Clinton is putting forward a plan for aggressive campaign finance reform. She’ll work to curb the outsized influence of big money in American politics, shine a light on secret spending, and fight to make our democracy work for everyone—not just the wealthy and well-connected.
As president, Hillary will:
- Overturn Citizens United—the Supreme Court case that unleashed hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate and special-interest money into U.S. elections. Hillary will appoint Supreme Court justices who will protect Americans’ right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections. She will also propose a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United within her first 30 days in office.
- End secret, unaccountable money in politics. We need federal legislation to require outside groups to publicly disclose significant political spending. And until Congress acts, Hillary will sign an executive order requiring federal government contractors to do the same. She’ll also push for an SEC rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose political spending to shareholders.
- Amplify the voices of everyday Americans. Hillary will establish a small-donor matching system for presidential and congressional elections to give small donors greater influence.
Ever since the Supreme Court eviscerated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Republican governors and legislatures across the country have proposed and passed laws making it harder to vote, systemically disempowering millions of voters—particularly people of color, poor people, and young people. At a time when so many Americans are disenfranchised, that’s the opposite of what we should be doing. Hillary Clinton believes we must take action to restore the Voting Rights Act and do everything we can to make it easier—not harder—for Americans to vote. And she believes that all American citizens, no matter where they reside, should have the right to vote for the president of the United States.
As president, Hillary will:
- Automatically register voters. Hillary will work so that every citizen is automatically registered to vote when they turn 18, unless they opt out, and make sure that voter registration rolls are accurate and secure.
- Repair the Voting Rights Act. Hillary will fight to restore the portions of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court to make sure that all citizens enjoy the full protections they deserve—especially in states where they have been disproportionately targeted by laws that restrict voting access to the polls. She will fight back against harmful restrictions on voting across the country, so that minority voters, young people, low-income voters, seniors, and women are equally capable as others as expressing their voices and their votes in our democracy.
- Set a national standard for early voting. In an effort to reduce long lines and give more people with family or work obligations an opportunity to vote, Hillary will set a national standard for early voting, giving voters at least 20 days to vote in the evenings or on weekends before election day.
- Restore voting rights. Americans who have paid their debts to society and have served their sentences should have the right to vote, and Hillary will support legislation to make sure their voting rights are restored.
- Take action. Hillary will implement the recommendations of the president’s bipartisan commission to improve voting.
- Remarks: Protecting the right to vote
- Op-ed: Alabama remains front line of voting rights battle
- Op-ed: Wisconsin’s voter ID law hurts citizens