Respondents answered “yes” or “no” to 16 questions on topics from amplifying small donors, to ending gerrymandering and allowing same-day voter registration. Whether candidates would support the For the People Act (HR 1/S 949), restore the Voting Rights Act, and require presidential candidates to release three years of tax returns were among the questions.
Zero incumbent Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, responded to the Our Democracy 2020 survey, despite that many of the reforms included in the questionnaire passed with strong bipartisan support at the state and local level.
Other highlights from Our Democracy 2020:
In the U.S. Senate race in Colorado, Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper supported 16/16 reforms, while Republican incumbent Cory Gardner did not respond.
In one of Georgia’s races for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican David Perdue did not respond to the survey, while Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff scored 16/16.
In the U.S. Senate race in Montana, Democratic challenger Steve Bullock scored 15/16, while Republican incumbent Steve Daines did not respond.
“Our goal is to provide voters the tools to get every candidate for Congress on the record about how they will defend our democracy, and then help voters hold officials accountable to their promises after they get elected,” said Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs.
Some Common Cause state chapters also posed survey questions to down ballot races. Candidates in Hawaii and Indiana submitted the most responses.
As we enter the final stretch before Election Day, Common Cause is asking voters to get more candidates on the record. We’re activating our 1.5 million members to take the following three steps:
Visit https://ourdemocracy2020.org/ and enter your home address
Check out the candidates on your ballot — and see if they’ve completed the survey
If they haven’t — email, call, and tweet at them to demand they go on the record with just one click!
The Our Democracy 2020 questionnaire’s sole purpose is to advance the issues being addressed. Common Cause does not endorse or oppose candidates for elected office.