2020 Election: How Democrats Would Change How Government Works Stacking up the positions of presidential candidates on changes to government institutions, there are divisions over expanding the U.S. Supreme Court and ending the Senate's filibuster.
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Bigger Supreme Court? No More Electoral College? See What 2020 Democrats Would Do

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Editor's Note on April 8, 2020: With the Democratic primary now down to one candidate, we're no longer updating the below graphic. But you can still see the stances of all candidates — past and present — below.


Aside from having proposals for programs they would like to implement, Democratic presidential candidates have proposals for how they would like government to function.

The primary campaign has brought forth proposals to change all three branches of government, potentially impacting how laws are passed, the size and function of the Supreme Court, and how presidents are elected.

Below, we summarize how the 2020 Democratic contenders want to change U.S. governance in these three areas.

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Graphics designed and produced by NPR's Alyson Hurt and Thomas Wilburn. Elena Burnett is an intern on the Washington Desk.