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Favors ranked choice voting

The two party system has made it to where we are constantly faced with a lesser of two evils voting choice. A troubling poll asked two questions. First, are you enthusiastic to vote for Donald Trump? 68% said yes. Second, are you enthusiastic to vote for Biden? 31% said yes. The majority of people that will be voting for Biden are only doing so to vote against Trump, not because they support Biden.

Ranked choice voting eliminates the need to vote for someone because you don't like their opponent. After the election if no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest amount of votes will be eliminated, and the people who voted for that candidate as their first choice will now add their vote to their second choice candidate. This continues until a candidate has over 50% of the vote.

Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Dec 6, 2020

End gerrymandering, use computer algorithm to draw lines

Gerrymandering has been used by political parties to create district lines, in which best benefit their parties' ambitions, for too long. In order to fix gerrymandering for good I propose we use a computer algorithm to create district lines, rather than having interested parties do it.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Dec 6, 2020

Reform Postal Service; against privatization

The US Post has been serving Americans since 1775, when Benjamin Franklin was selected as the first Postmaster. There are approximately 471 million pieces of mail delivered every single day through the USPS. We need to remove the legislation that was put into place to directly hurt the USPS in order to make it look inefficient to push for privatization. The USPS should never have been put in the hands of an individual that has a huge financial incentive to see it fail.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Dec 6, 2020

Lower pay for elected officials

I propose we lower elected officials pay. Why does a senator need to make a huge salary while their constituents are making closer to $40,000? Yes, it is important to understand a congressman must own a residence in both his home state and in Washington DC, but that doesn't require such giant lavish salaries. It should be up to constituents to determine if their representatives' salary either increases, decreases, or remains the same.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Dec 6, 2020

Denied ballot access in 2020, not dropping fight for 2022

Whitfield hoped to run but suspended his campaign after not getting on the ballot. He says the COVID-19 outbreak and social distance guidelines hurt his chances of meeting his May 1st deadline to get the 10,000 signatures he needed and was denied an
Source: KSFM-5 CBS News on 2022 Arkansas Senate race , Oct 1, 2020

Elected officials should give up financial privacy

We NEED elected officials to start representing their constituents and not the special interest donors that are making them rich. When a brave citizen enlists in the military, they give up certain rights, and I believe elected officials should do the same. If running for a public office a candidate should give up the right to financial privacy. I also believe elected officials should give up their right to plead the fifth amendment. If you want to represent people, don't be a criminal. Period.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Jun 8, 2020

All elected officials should liquidate their portfolios

Elected officials are public servants, they are supposed work for the people, not the other way around. Legislators should not have any financial interest in the laws they vote on. I propose we require all elected officials to liquidate their portfolios upon taking office. While in office legislators will not be allowed to be shareholders during their time of public service.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Jun 8, 2020

Corporate spending is not speech; end Citizens United

Corporations spending unlimited amounts of money to help candidates get elected is not freedom of speech. When 86% of candidates with more campaign funds get "elected," and most of their finances are coming from huge corporations there is a problem. We can fix this issue, strengthening our democracy, by ending Citizens United.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Jun 8, 2020

Sued over signature requirement for ballot during pandemic

A lawsuit filed by Whitfield went to trial. Whitfield needed to gather 10,000 but only turned in 6,514. He testified that he was confident in reaching the 10,000 requirement if he'd had more time. He claims the beginning March 12 when Governor Asa Hutchinson began imposing restrictions it severely hampered his efforts and he says he put the safety of his volunteers over the gathering of signatures.
Source: KARK-TV Little Rock NBC-4 on 2020 Arkansas Senate race , Jun 2, 2020

Elected officials should give up rights to financial privacy

Campaign Finance Reform: We live in a time where there are more than 29 lobbyist per U.S. Congressman that spend 24/7 trying to get your congressman to vote a certain way. Billionaires funnel unlimited amounts of money into our political system in exchange for political favors. We NEED elected officials to start representing their constituents and not the special interest donors that are making them rich. When a brave citizen enlists in the military, they give up certain rights, and We NEED elected officials to start representing their constituents and not the special interest donors that are making them rich. When a brave citizen enlists in the military, they give up certain rights, and I believe elected officials should do the same. If running for a public office a candidate should give up the right to financial privacy. I also believe elected officials should give up their right to plead the fifth amendment. If you want to represent people, don't be a criminal. Period.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us , Nov 30, 2019

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