Performance and Accessibility Review of the Michael Bennet for President Website

This is one in a series of posts that will look at the performance and #a11y metrics of the websites for the currently declared 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Yeah, all of them! For more background on what I’m doing and how I’m doing it check read this.

Homepage of

Google Lighthouse

Lighthouse scores for

Performance: 83 out of 100

A 4.4 seconds Time to Interactive score places this performance score in some of the highest of all candidates. The theme is yet another Scotchpress variation which show that same code bases can have wildly different scores that depend heavily on the media assets chosen.

There are images present that should be efficiently encoded to remove meta data. Doing this for all the images on the page would save hundreds of kilobytes.

Accessibility: 57 out of 100

  • IDs used are not unique. Many of these are in SVGs that should be optimized.
  • User scaling is disallowed.
  • Links without discernible names.
  • Form inputs without labels.
  • Visual way-finding via tabbing is mostly fine.

Best Practices: 79 out of 100

This has been present in other sites but I haven’t called it out until now. So how many users are still using Internet Explorer 6 on your site, Michael? Do you really need these lines anymore:

<!--[if lt IE 7 ]>
<html itemscope 
      class="ie ie-old" 

Spoiler! You don’t!

SEO: 100 out of 100

No issues.


  • HTTPS: yes
  • 39 Requests
  • 2.7 MB resources
  • Largest asset is a 752 KB jpg family image. This is probably twice the necessary dimensions it is typically displayed at.



It’s fine, there’s just absolutely nothing about this website that stands out from the crowd. Image alt: a cat nods off, closing its eyes and head falling to the side.