Protecting Democracy

As Attorney General, I will do everything within my power to protect your voice and your vote, and will ensure that the integrity of Illinois elections is protected from anyone who would seek to undermine it.

As Attorney General, among my first actions will be launching a comprehensive investigation into whether or not Illinois elections were compromised by the Russian attempts to penetrate our voting systems, as reported by the Department of Homeland Security.  We must resist all threats to the integrity of our elections, both domestic and foreign.  Since November 2016, I have been – and will continue to be – a national leader and voice on the investigation of how Russia tried to undermine our last presidential election.  I believe that we can expect our foreign adversaries to strike even harder in future elections, and I will protect our elections from attack by improving our cyber security, conducting random sampling, and ensuring that we have a paper trail. I will aggressively prosecute anyone who seeks to tamper with our elections, whether they are foreign agents or Americans working with them, and I’ll prepare recommendations to the legislature to ensure that our election systems are never compromised again.

Further, I have watched as those in power seek to remain in power by redrawing legislative districts that ensure they will never lose their seats. As Attorney General, I will support challenges to unconstitutional gerrymandering and I will work to ensure that legislative districts in Illinois are drawn to represent the will of the people, not the political interests of the powerful. Additionally, I will oppose any attempt at voter suppression, including those portrayed as efforts to prevent “voter fraud,” such as the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program that has been used to disenfranchise voters. Also, to ensure that every voice is heard on election day, I will continue to support secure automated voter registration in Illinois.

Finally, dark money in the election process remains a serious threat to our democracy.  Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, billions of dollars of corporate money have flooded our elections, and we need to put a stop to it. Until Citizens United is overturned, I will aggressively enforce campaign finance laws and work to expand disclosure laws so that the identities of those individuals and corporations making large donations of political money to are known to the voters. This include my full support for SB2089. This bill would close a dark money loophole that allows certain political nonprofits to hide the identities of their big money donors. Passing it would be a major first step in repairing our campaign finance system.