Tina Smith on Government Reform



Restore voting rights to ex-felons

Q: Restore voting rights after release from prison?

Jason Lewis: Believes voting rights should be restored to felons once they have completed parole. Says each state should decide on laws.

Tina Smith: Co-sponsored bill to restore Voting Rights Act enacted to prevent discriminatory changes to state voting laws and procedures.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Minnesota Senate race , Oct 10, 2020

Reverse Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment

Campaign Finance: 1. Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? 2. Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Smith: 1. Yes. In 2018, cosponsored DISCLOSE Act, requiring organizations spending more than $10,000 in an election cycle to disclose donors' names. 2. Reverse Citizens United by Constitutional Amendment.

Housley: Supports Citizen United: "I would be in support of the way it is right now."

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide , Nov 1, 2018

Automatic voter registration for all citizens.

Smith co-sponsored H.R.12 & S.1088

Congressional Summary:

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (BrennanCenter.org): Too many Americans go to vote on Election Day only to find their names are not on the voter rolls--often, wrongly deleted. The US is on the verge of a new paradigm for registering voters: automatic, permanent registration of eligible voters, which would add up to 50 million eligible voters to the rolls.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Gov. Christie's veto message on the "Democracy Act", Nov. 2015): Christie called a provision establishing automatic voter registration that requires New Jerseyan to opt out a "government-knows-best, backwards approach that would inconvenience citizens and waste government resources for no justifiable reason." Automatic voter registration would have added 1.6 million people to the state's voter rolls.

Source: Voter Empowerment Act 15-S1088 on Mar 19, 2015

CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges.

Smith opposes the CC survey question on judicial constitutionalism

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Appointing Judges Who Will Adhere to a Strict Interpretation of the Constitution' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-1a on Jul 1, 2018

Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access.

Smith co-sponsored For the People Act of 2019