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Election fraud is a matter of national security. In the words of Nathanael Greene, a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, "We fight, get beat, rise and fight again." We cannot give up addressing it, but we should stop relying on those who depend on it to win to advocate for change. If we spend millions of dollars on space exploration then we can spend millions exploring how to better our democracy! I am not against the electoral college more than I am for the efforts to innovate it and move towards establishing a national popular vote interstate agreement. Gerrymandering should be against the law and HAVA (The Help America Vote Act) should be amended to include standards and better security. While we develop greater research into online voting, paper ballots should be used in conjunction with electronic records followed by post-election audits.

The Electoral College. The electoral college was established in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution. The way a state’s electors vote in a presidential election is dependent on who wins most of the votes in that elector’s state. The problem with this system is that while some may argue it works well to represent states with smaller populations, it does very little to represent America as a whole. As a U.S. Senator, I promise to support legislation in favor of popular vote interstate agreements because only these will ensure that a voter in Gary, IN, for example, is just as relevant as a voter in Los Angeles, CA. The electoral college is a system that must not be entirely eliminated, but innovated and updated by and through constitutionally appropriate state-based actions. National popular vote compacts would ensure that winners of presidential elections would at least be individuals most Americans favored. 

Gerrymandering. Now, ideally we want representatives to “represent” the political views of people across a geographic location or area. I believe in perfectly proportional representation as was intended by our founding fathers. However, some believe that if they are in control that gives them the ability to unfairly create districts and/or draw up district maps that would be neither compact nor fair, giving advantage to themselves. As a future U.S. Senator I intend to work diligently with experts in the field and my colleagues to create and introduce legislation which would provide that partisan gerrymandering is unacceptable and must be countered with national standards. 

Finally, I intend to support greater research and development into new online voting systems which would be safer and more secure, allowing Americans to vote from their homes since it appears many states continue on in their negligence in the upkeep of voting equipment and remain unprepared for natural disasters, such as pandemics. Until then, I am a strong proponent of paper ballots used in conjunction with electronic records followed by post-election audits.

Campaign Financing & Unlimited Spending. It is my deeply held belief that political campaigns are nothing more than organizations for individuals who want to lead in some capacity, and as long as they can raise as much funds as they need to, they should be able to have the liberty to spend it. May the best candidate win.

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