At NH Townhall Rep. Gabbard Announces Fixing Democracy Including Proposals Such as Ranked Choice Voting as First Act as President
Dover, NH—On Friday night, presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard pledged that the first bill she would sign as president would be an omnibus bill to improve our democracy.
In a wide-ranging conversation about the state of our democracy with Equal Citizens founder and Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, Gabbard also supported a wide range of specific democracy reforms, including the use of ranked choice voting, proportional allocation of electors in the electoral college, and getting big money out of politics to end corruption.
She pledged democracy reform would be her first priority as president. “You’re a candidate who supports fundamental chance, who supports HR1,” said Lessig. “Would you support what we call POTUS1? Would you say that, like Nancy Pelosi, you think democracy reform is the first Congress should take up in 2021?”
Tulsi On Ranked Choice Voting
Gabbard responded: “Yeah, I think it is because this is central to everything else. The fact that this legislation deals with campaign finance reform, deals with closing this revolving door in Washington . . . which is corruption. It’s corruption. Plain and simple.”
Gabbard also for the first time in a venue like this gave a complete endorsement of ranked-choice voting. She said clearly that she supported ranked choice voting and was “encouraged [by] the growing support for this at the local level, but I really see how this could make sense and could have an impact at the national level.” Using ranked-choice voting, she said voters are “able to vote for who we want to vote for.”
Gabbard also expressed support for a suite of reforms aimed at ending the corrupting influence of big money in politics, changing the way states allocate electors in the electoral college, and making voting easier through automatic voter registration and vote at home.
The conversation was held at Dover High School on September 6 and will be available this week on Lessig’s podcast, Another Way, among other places.