McMullin-Finn Platform 2016

At the time of this writing the McMullin-Finn ticket has ballot access in 42 states to 469 electoral votes. That is well over the minimum 270 electoral votes required to become president, making your vote the only thing standing between them and the White House.

Full ballot access – You’ll find Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn listed on your state’s ballot if you live in any of these places:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Write-In States – While you won’t see their names on your list, the following states allow you to write Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn in by hand on your ballot, and doing so will equal a vote for this ticket. Make sure to spell their names correctly:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States with no ballot access – If you live in any of the following places then you cannot vote for Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn:

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota

McMullin-Finn Platform 2016

Running as independents Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn don’t have an official party platform, however they do elaborate on a range of stances they take on important issues. These are as follows:

National security

  • Military spending should reflect our country’s strategy and security threats
  • Supports reforming the Pentagon regarding the weapons development and acquisition process
  • Increase the troops-to-civilian ratio
  • Reduce and better monitor contracts with civilian contractors
  • Trim excess Cold War facilities

Jobs and the economy

  • Boost the economy by reforming the tax code, reducing regulations, and reducing the national debt
  • Fairer and simpler tax code, especially for small businesses with a 25 percent tax
  • Lower the corporate tax rate
  • Regulations would have to prove their benefit outweighs their cost
  • Make Medicare and Medicaid more efficient

Education

  • Opposes Common Core in favor of local and state control
  • Supports a voucher system for students to attend a charter school of their choice
  • Greater accountability for teachers – merit awarded when deserved while unions should not enable poorly performing teachers
  • Colleges and universities should be forced to pay a portion of a student’s debt if that student does not graduate
  • Supports capping interest on student loans at 8.25 percent
  • Favors a mandatory consumer disclosure that colleges and universities must make available to students
  • Make school accreditation easier for online, vocational, and technical schools

America’s role in the world

  • Favors active US leadership and involvement on the world stage
  • Supports alliances with free nations as an important source of American power in the world
  • States that American leadership should oppose brutal dictatorships and speak out on behalf of human rights
  • Pledges to pursue and defeat al-Qaeda and the Islamic State
  • Pledges to punish Iran for violating the nuclear deal
  • Pledges to stand with Israel
  • Pledges to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
  • Supports Freedom of Navigation exercises in the South China Sea
  • Pledges to reverse military spending cuts

Health care

  • Describes Obamacare as failing American families and sinking the nation into debt
  • Calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act asap and replacing it with a pro-market approach centered around tax credits for households without employer health insurance
  • Favors health savings accounts (HSAs)
  • Favors reforming Medicare with subsidies given to beneficiaries to use for purchasing health insurance in a competitive marketplace
  • Favors bold reformations for Medicaid including a cap on federal funding and block-grants to states

Energy and the environment

  • Expand domestic energy production
  • Favors diminishing government regulations on energy companies
  • Pledges to ensure a level playing field for all types of energy producers and end subsidies
  • States there is an important role the government has to play in ensuring clean air, water, and clean parks/forests
  • Believes promoting innovation – investing in research – is the most promising way to address climate change
  • Opposes the Clean Power Plan

Government accountability

  • Pledges to appoint judges committed to upholding the Constitution as it was originally written
  • Opposes executive action as a way of making law
  • Favors the principle of constitutional conservatism
  • Supports the Tenth Amendment giving states the powers not described in the Constitution
  • Supports the Constitutional amendment proposal House Joint Resolution 100 that would re-empower states
  • Supports the REINS Act that would give Congress more oversight of executive regulations
  • Reduce the number of unfunded mandates

Life

  • Believes life must be protected from conception to death
  • States that Americans should work together to improve resources that support reducing unintended pregnancies and encouraging adoptions

Poverty

  • Favors encouraging economic growth by streamlining resources and empowering state and local governments
  • Supports the earned income tax credit and improving it to allow workers immediate tax benefits
  • Opposes increasing the minimum wage in favor of wage supplements
  • Favors giving states more power in managing anti-poverty programs
  • Believes that all Americans deserve access to healthcare

Veterans

  • Favors allowing veterans to choose any healthcare provider they want
  • Favors giving veterans a free-market choice of healthcare providers, including a Medicaid option for Medicaid-eligible veterans
  • States that VA pharmacies should fill prescriptions from non-VA doctors
  • Favors reform of the VA
  • Favors strengthening whistle-blower protections

The Second Amendment

  • Supports the right of all Americans to bear arms for self-protection, family protection, protection of freedom, for use in sport, and for use in all other legal activities
  • Pledges never to infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners
  • Opposes restricting guns to those on the FBI’s terrorist watch list because it is not transparent enough and lacks due process
  • Encourages expanded mental health treatments and screening to prevent gun deaths
  • Pledges to reform the ATF decrease its role as a back-door regulatory agency
  • Favors a 50-state concealed carry reciprocity

Trade

  • Supports the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Favors reducing tariffs

Immigration

  • Opposes amnesty by executive order
  • Opposes the concept of sanctuary cities
  • Calls for securing the borders
  • Calls for a process of earned legalization for those here illegally, including registration, paying a fee, paying a fine, having a background check, and demonstrating English language competency
  • Favors reforming the legal immigration system to focus more on American interests and security like the protection of low-wage American workers, such as reducing family reunification and H-1B visas
  • Proposes hiring 20,000 new Border Patrol agents
  • Use the latest technological developments in securing the border
  • Build a border wall with Mexico only at strategic locations
  • Enforce existing immigration law

National debt

  • States that reforming Social Security and Medicare are essential to reducing the national debt

Religious freedom

  • States that religious freedom is a cornerstone of America
  • Opposes government targeting of religious groups
  • Favors designing diplomatic efforts to support the freedom of religion worldwide

Law enforcement, race, and criminal justice

  • States there is an urgent need to restore trust between African American communities and law enforcement
  • Improved training for law enforcement, such as communication and de-escalation
  • Favors community building trust relationships
  • Opposes stop-and-frisk as unconstitutional search and seizure
  • Body cameras help to bring transparency
  • Opposes long-term incarceration of low-risk non-violent offenders
  • Favors greater use of prison alternatives and investing in rehabilitation
  • Favors sentencing reform like non-federalization of many drug crimes, greater discretion for judges, and greater use of diversion programs
  • Opposes mandatory minimums

This information is taken from the McMullin-Finn Issues Page on the official McMullin-Finn campaign website.

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