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HR1 is the most transformational and comprehensive suite of democracy reforms in a generation.

This sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms puts power back in the hands of the American people as it protects clean and fair elections through improving access to the ballot box, promoting election integrity, and ensuring election security; ends the dominance of big money in our politics by guaranteeing disclosure of political ads, empowering citizens with a multiple matching system for small donations, and strengthening campaign finance oversight; and ensures public servants work for the public interest by fortifying ethics law and imposing greater ethics enforcement in Washington.

H.R. 1 is the most transformational and comprehensive suite of democracy reforms in a generation.

This sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms puts power back in the hands of the American people as it protects clean and fair elections through improving access to the ballot box, promoting election integrity, and ensuring election security; ends the dominance of big money in our politics by guaranteeing disclosure of political ads, empowering citizens with a multiple matching system for small donations, and strengthening campaign finance oversight; and ensures public servants work for the public interest by fortifying ethics law and imposing greater ethics enforcement in Washington.

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HR1 takes back power from wealthy special interests and makes sure our government works for all Americans.

HR1 protects the voting rights of service members. Service members face significant barriers to exercising their right to vote, and HR1 would eliminate such barriers. Many states have absentee voting procedures that are burdensome for service members abroad. HR1 ensures service members and their families can access the ballot box by automatically registering them to vote, ensuring absentee ballots are mailed at least 45 days before a federal election.

HR1 would end the dominance of secret, unlimited spending in our elections by requiring disclosure of donors who donate $10,000 or more per election cycle, in addition to other disclosures. Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, more than $1 billion in dark money has been spent in our elections, disproportionately by the wealthiest Americans, special interests, and corporations. HR1 closes loopholes in our campaign finance disclosure laws to protect every American’s right to know who is spending money to influence elected officials.

HR1 requires all voting machines used in U.S. elections to be manufactured in the United States. It also raises the cybersecurity standards that election vendors must meet to ensure the integrity of our election infrastructure and protect against both foreign and domestic cyber-attacks.

H.R. 1 ends partisan gerrymandering by removing politicians from the process of drawing congressional district lines and requiring independent redistricting commissions. By adopting independent redistricting commissions, we ensure that the American people are choosing their representatives, not the other way around.

HR1 extends the same transparency and disclosure requirements on television advertisements to internet and digital advertisements. It also requires large online platforms to keep records of all ads published on their platforms and to take steps to ensure foreign entities are not purchasing political advertisements to influence American elections.

HR1 requires voting systems in Federal elections to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots. Paper ballots ensure voters can verify their vote and ensures a record of votes that can be hand-counted and audited. Without a paper trail, it is difficult to detect security breaches, errors, or to verify votes.

HR1 ensures the Federal Election Commission functions more effectively to protect our elections by breaking partisan gridlock on the commission and changing its structure. Reforming the FEC will ensure it fulfills its mission to protect the integrity of the campaign finance process by fairly enforcing and administering federal campaign finance laws.

HR1 mandates states to provide a sufficient number of voting systems, poll workers and other election resources at polling places to ensure no voter will be required to wait longer than 30 minutes to cast a ballot.

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Do You Agree?

HR1 takes back power from wealthy special interests and makes sure our government works for all Americans.

HR1 protects the voting rights of service members. Service members face significant barriers to exercising their right to vote, and HR1 would eliminate such barriers. Many states have absentee voting procedures that are burdensome for service members abroad. HR1 ensures service members and their families can access the ballot box by automatically registering them to vote, ensuring absentee ballots are mailed at least 45 days before a federal election.

HR1 would end the dominance of secret, unlimited spending in our elections by requiring disclosure of donors who donate $10,000 or more per election cycle, in addition to other disclosures. Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, more than $1 billion in dark money has been spent in our elections, disproportionately by the wealthiest Americans, special interests, and corporations. HR1 closes loopholes in our campaign finance disclosure laws to protect every American’s right to know who is spending money to influence elected officials.

HR1 requires all voting machines used in U.S. elections to be manufactured in the United States. It also raises the cybersecurity standards that election vendors must meet to ensure the integrity of our election infrastructure and protect against both foreign and domestic cyber-attacks.

H.R. 1 ends partisan gerrymandering by removing politicians from the process of drawing congressional district lines and requiring independent redistricting commissions. By adopting independent redistricting commissions, we ensure that the American people are choosing their representatives, not the other way around.

HR1 extends the same transparency and disclosure requirements on television advertisements to internet and digital advertisements. It also requires large online platforms to keep records of all ads published on their platforms and to take steps to ensure foreign entities are not purchasing political advertisements to influence American elections.

HR1 requires voting systems in Federal elections to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots. Paper ballots ensure voters can verify their vote and ensures a record of votes that can be hand-counted and audited. Without a paper trail, it is difficult to detect security breaches, errors, or to verify votes.

HR1 ensures the Federal Election Commission functions more effectively to protect our elections by breaking partisan gridlock on the commission and changing its structure. Reforming the FEC will ensure it fulfills its mission to protect the integrity of the campaign finance process by fairly enforcing and administering federal campaign finance laws.

HR1 mandates states to provide a sufficient number of voting systems, poll workers and other election resources at polling places to ensure no voter will be required to wait longer than 30 minutes to cast a ballot.

Bill Information

HR1 will clean up corruption in Washington, empower the American people and restore faith and integrity to our government.

Clean and Fair Elections

Improve Access

HR1 expands access to the ballot box by eliminating barriers to voting, such as cumbersome voter registration systems, restricted access to absentee and mail-in voting, and limited in-person voting hours.

HR1 will:

  • Expand online voter registration (Title I, Subtitle A, Part 1)
  • Implement automatic voter registration and same day registration across the country (Title I, Subtitle A, Part 2 and 3)
  • Restore federal voting rights to the formally incarcerated (Title I, Subtitle E)
  • Expand early voting opportunities (Title I, Subtitle H)
  • Expand voting by mail opportunities (Title I, Subtitle I)
  • Reduce long lines and wait times for voters (Title I, Subtitle N, Part 1)
  • Expand access to voting for citizens living in U.S. territories (Title I)
  • Eliminate barriers to voting by mail for Native American voters on tribal lands (Title I, Subtitle N)

Promote Integrity

HR1 expands access to the ballot box by eliminating barriers to voting, such as cumbersome voter registration systems, restricted access to absentee and mail-in voting, and limited in-person voting hours.

HR1 will:

  • Build the record necessary to restore the Voting Rights Act, as embodied by the House-passed H.R. 4 (Title II, Subtitle A)
  • Commit Congress to deliver full congressional voting rights and self-government for the residents of the District of Columbia, which only statehood can provide (Title II, Subtitle C)
  • Prohibit intentionally communicating false and misleading information about elections and other deceptive practices (Title I, Subtitle D)
  • End partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters (Title II, Subtitle E)

Ensure Security

HR1 ensures that American elections are decided by American voters, without interference, by enhancing federal support for voting system security.

HR1 will:

  • Standardize use of voter-verified paper ballots in federal elections (Title I, Subtitle F)
  • Fund election security improvements in America’s voting systems (Title III, Subtitle A)
  • Increase oversight over election system vendors (Title III, Subtitle C)
  • Require the development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions (Title III, Subtitle C)

End the Dominance of Big Money in Our Politics

Enhance Disclosure

HR1 shines a light on dark money in politics and enhance transparency in our elections.

Specifically, it will:

  • Ensure big money spenders disclose their spending so voters can follow the money (Title IV, Subtitle B)
  • Establish online political ad disclosure requirements (Title IV, Subtitle C)
  • End the so-called ‘nesting-doll’ sham that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide the true funding source of their political spending (Title IV, Subtitle F)

Empower Citizens

HR1 strengthens the political power of hardworking Americans.

Specifically it will:

  • Create a multiple matching system for small donations. This innovative, 21st-century system of citizen-owned elections will break the stranglehold of special interests on Congress and lay the groundwork for an agenda that meets the needs of the American people. The voluntary multiple matching system will be completely paid for by a new surcharge on corporate law breakers and wealthy tax cheats. (Title V)
  • Reaffirm Congress’ authority to regulate money in politics, pushing back on the Supreme Court’s harmful Citizens United decision. (Title VI)

Strengthen Oversight

HR1 ensures that there are cops on the campaign finance beat that will enforce the laws on the books.

HR1 will:

  • Tighten rules on super PACs (Title VI, Subtitle B)
  • Strengthen Executive branch and Congressional ethics reforms (Title VIII, Title IX)
  • Require disclosure of presidential tax returns (Title X)
  • Restructure the Federal Election Commission to break the gridlock and enhance its enforcement mechanisms (Title VI, Subtitle A)

Ensure Public Servants Work for the Public Interest

Fortifies Ethics Law

HR1 breaks the influence economy in Washington.

Specifically, it will:

  • Increase accountability in government by expanding conflict of interest law (Title VIII)
  • Expand disclosure requirements for lobbyists and foreign agents (Title VII, Subtitle B and C)
  • Slow the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards (Title IX, Subtitle B)

Strengthens Ethics Oversight

HR1 gives teeth to federal ethics oversight.

Specifically it will:

  • Empower the Office of Government Ethics to better serve as a watchdog of the executive branch (Title VIII)
  • Ensure sufficient resources to enforce Foreign Agent Registration Act (Title VII, Subtitle B)
  • Require a code of ethics for the U.S. Supreme Court (Title VII)

Bill Information

HR1 will clean up corruption in Washington, empower the American people and restore faith and integrity to our government.

Clean and Fair Elections

Improve Access

HR1 expands access to the ballot box by eliminating barriers to voting, such as cumbersome voter registration systems, restricted access to absentee and mail-in voting, and limited in-person voting hours. Tap to learn more!

HR1 will:

  • Expand online voter registration (Title I, Subtitle A, Part 1)
  • Implement automatic voter registration and same day registration across the country (Title I, Subtitle A, Part 2 and 3)
  • Restore federal voting rights to the formally incarcerated (Title I, Subtitle E)
  • Expand early voting opportunities (Title I, Subtitle H)
  • Expand voting by mail opportunities (Title I, Subtitle I)
  • Reduce long lines and wait times for voters (Title I, Subtitle N, Part 1)
  • Expand access to voting for citizens living in U.S. territories (Title I)
  • Eliminate barriers to voting by mail for Native American voters on tribal lands (Title I, Subtitle N)

Promote Integrity

HR1 expands access to the ballot box by eliminating barriers to voting, such as cumbersome voter registration systems, restricted access to absentee and mail-in voting, and limited in-person voting hours.

HR1 will:

  • Build the record necessary to restore the Voting Rights Act, as embodied by the House-passed H.R. 4 (Title II, Subtitle A)
  • Commit Congress to deliver full congressional voting rights and self-government for the residents of the District of Columbia, which only statehood can provide (Title II, Subtitle C)
  • Prohibit intentionally communicating false and misleading information about elections and other deceptive practices (Title I, Subtitle D)
  • End partisan gerrymandering to prevent politicians from picking their voters (Title II, Subtitle E)

Ensure Security

HR1 ensures that American elections are decided by American voters, without interference, by enhancing federal support for voting system security.

HR1 will:

  • Standardize use of voter-verified paper ballots in federal elections (Title I, Subtitle F)
  • Fund election security improvements in America’s voting systems (Title III, Subtitle A)
  • Increase oversight over election system vendors (Title III, Subtitle C)
  • Require the development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions (Title III, Subtitle C)

End the Dominance of Big Money in Our Politics

Enhance Disclosure

HR1 shines a light on dark money in politics and enhance transparency in our elections.

Specifically, it will:

  • Ensure big money spenders disclose their spending so voters can follow the money (Title IV, Subtitle B)
  • Establish online political ad disclosure requirements (Title IV, Subtitle C)
  • End the so-called ‘nesting-doll’ sham that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide the true funding source of their political spending (Title IV, Subtitle F)

Empower Citizens

HR1 strengthens the political power of hardworking Americans.

Specifically it will:

  • Create a multiple matching system for small donations. This innovative, 21st-century system of citizen-owned elections will break the stranglehold of special interests on Congress and lay the groundwork for an agenda that meets the needs of the American people. The voluntary multiple matching system will be completely paid for by a new surcharge on corporate law breakers and wealthy tax cheats. (Title V)
  • Reaffirm Congress’ authority to regulate money in politics, pushing back on the Supreme Court’s harmful Citizens United decision. (Title VI)

Strengthen Oversight

HR1 ensures that there are cops on the campaign finance beat that will enforce the laws on the books.

HR1 will:

  • Tighten rules on super PACs (Title VI, Subtitle B)
  • Strengthen Executive branch and Congressional ethics reforms (Title VIII, Title IX)
  • Require disclosure of presidential tax returns (Title X)
  • Restructure the Federal Election Commission to break the gridlock and enhance its enforcement mechanisms (Title VI, Subtitle A)

Ensure Public Servants Work for the Public Interest

Fortifies Ethics Law

HR1 breaks the influence economy in Washington.

Specifically, it will:

  • Increase accountability in government by expanding conflict of interest law (Title VIII)
  • Expand disclosure requirements for lobbyists and foreign agents (Title VII, Subtitle B and C)
  • Slow the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards (Title IX, Subtitle B)

Strengthens Ethics Oversight

HR1 gives teeth to federal ethics oversight.

Specifically it will:

  • Empower the Office of Government Ethics to better serve as a watchdog of the executive branch (Title VIII)
  • Ensure sufficient resources to enforce Foreign Agent Registration Act (Title VII, Subtitle B)
  • Require a code of ethics for the U.S. Supreme Court (Title VII)

Myth vs Fact

HR1 is a transformational anti-corruption and clean elections reform package, but dark money groups and entrenched special interests are spreading false claims about the bill. Read the facts here.

MYTH: HR1 is a Democratic bill with no Republican support.

FACT: False. HR1 incorporates numerous longstanding bipartisan policies. In fact, many policies in HR1, such as automatic voter registration, online voter registration, same day voter registration, voting rights restoration, no-excuse absentee and mail-in voting, and early voting, are already adopted practices in red, blue and purple states. HR1 sets a federal standard, ensuring all voters have the same fair and equitable access to the ballot regardless of which state they live in. HR1 also includes reforms supported by Republicans at the federal level, such as the Honest Ads Act and Federal Election Commission reforms.

MYTH: HR1 unconstitutionally federalizes and micromanages the election process that should properly be administered by states.

FACT: False. Congress is well within its Constitutional powers to set standards for federal elections, as it has done numerous times throughout history. Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution states: “The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.” Casting a ballot is the most fundamental element of participating in our democracy. It is Congress’s duty to ensure that every American citizen can exercise their Constitutional right to vote.
HR1 would modernize and secure our election system and eliminate barriers to voting, making sure that every American has a free and fair chance to vote with the confidence their vote will be counted as cast.

MYTH: HR1 will weaken the integrity of elections and will lead to voter fraud.

FACT: False. Election and voter fraud is nearly nonexistent and already illegal. In fact, a Brennan Center study found that it is more likely that an American “will be struck by lightning than that he will impersonate another voter at the polls.” Moreover, security experts agree the 2020 election was the most secure election in American history. HR1 securely expands access to voting and strengthens election infrastructure security through grant programs and enhanced cybersecurity standards. Our elections are already safeguarded by numerous federal and state laws. Impartial and effective enforcement of these laws protects and secures our elections. The voter registration systems in HR1, including opportunities for online, automatic, or same-day voter registration, will increase the integrity of our elections systems by alleviating clerical errors and instances of incorrect voter removals that lead to inaccurate voter data and voter disenfranchisement.

MYTH: HR1 would force states to implement universal vote-by-mail.

FACT: False. HR1 does not mandate universal voting by mail. It simply ensures that every eligible voter has the option to vote by mail if they wish to do so. Your access to the ballot box should be free and unabridged – if you are unable to vote in person, you shouldn’t lose your opportunity to vote.

MYTH: HR1 bans photo ID requirements.

FACT: False. HR1 ensures that voters who do not have an ID are still permitted to vote if they sign a sworn written statement under penalty of perjury attesting to their identity and eligibility to vote. Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce participation, and stand in opposition to ensuring all Americans can access the ballot box.
Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have a government-issued photo ID. That percentage is even higher for seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, low income voters, and students. Many citizens find it hard to obtain government-issued photo IDs because the necessary underlying documentation like birth certificates is often difficult or expensive to come by. Key to note is that in-person voter fraud, the type of fraud photo ID would supposedly prevent, is exceedingly rare. A recent study found that, from 2000-2014, there were only 31 credible allegations of voter impersonation during a time period in which over 1 billion ballots were cast.

MYTH: HR1’s public financing system for campaigns will use taxpayer dollars to line the pockets of politicians.

FACT: False. HR1 specifies that no taxpayer dollars will be used in the small donor public financing system. Right now, corporations, special interests, and big donors overwhelmingly fund campaigns in America. HR1 would change the equation by implementing a voluntary matching fund system that empowers everyday Americans, not just the big-money crowd. In this system, money from HR1’s “Freedom from Influence Fund” would only go to candidates who opt-in to the system and who meet stringent requirements to lessen their dependence on big donors. The money for the matching donations would come from a fee assessed on civil and criminal financial penalties against corporate lawbreakers and tax cheats. No taxpayer dollars are spent on the matching system.
HR1’s matching fund system is based on a proven and successful model that has been tested for decades in localities across the country. There are 27 active public financing programs in states, counties, and cities across the country, including programs that have been in place for more than 4 decades – many of which have increased the number of donors participating in local elections, and those donors better reflect the jurisdiction’s population.

MYTH: HR1 would restrict your First Amendment rights protected by the Constitution by forcing grassroots organizations to publicly report their lists of their supporters.

FACT: False. HR1 shines a light on secret money in our politics and requires shadowy mega donors to disclose their spending and be accountable for their political speech. Disclosure requirements only apply to groups that spend $10,000 or more on campaign disbursements. And there are built-in protections for organizations: if an organization makes campaign-related disbursements from a segregated bank account, the organization does not have to disclose any donations that were not deposited in the segregated account. Further, the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed the constitutionality of disclosure laws and how disclosure does not silence nor prevent speech, but rather works to deter corruption or the appearance of corruption.

MYTH: HR1 would weaponize the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by destroying the current bipartisan makeup.

FACT: False. The FEC currently suffers from partisan gridlock and an enormous backlog in cases. HR1 would break this gridlock by setting up a five member bipartisan Commission instead of a six member Commission and it prevents a partisan takeover by mandating that no more than two of the five commissioners can be from the same political party.

Myth vs Fact

HR1 is a transformational anti-corruption and clean elections reform package, but dark money groups and entrenched special interests are spreading false claims about the bill. Read the facts here.

MYTH: HR1 is a Democratic bill with no Republican support.

FACT: False. HR1 incorporates numerous longstanding bipartisan policies. In fact, many policies in HR1, such as automatic voter registration, online voter registration, same day voter registration, voting rights restoration, no-excuse absentee and mail-in voting, and early voting, are already adopted practices in red, blue and purple states. HR1 sets a federal standard, ensuring all voters have the same fair and equitable access to the ballot regardless of which state they live in. HR1 also includes reforms supported by Republicans at the federal level, such as the Honest Ads Act and Federal Election Commission reforms.

MYTH: HR1 unconstitutionally federalizes and micromanages the election process that should properly be administered by states.

FACT: False. Congress is well within its Constitutional powers to set standards for federal elections, as it has done numerous times throughout history. Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution states: “The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.” Casting a ballot is the most fundamental element of participating in our democracy. It is Congress’s duty to ensure that every American citizen can exercise their Constitutional right to vote.
HR1 would modernize and secure our election system and eliminate barriers to voting, making sure that every American has a free and fair chance to vote with the confidence their vote will be counted as cast.

MYTH: HR1 will weaken the integrity of elections and will lead to voter fraud.

FACT: False. Election and voter fraud is nearly nonexistent and already illegal. In fact, a Brennan Center study found that it is more likely that an American “will be struck by lightning than that he will impersonate another voter at the polls.” Moreover, security experts agree the 2020 election was the most secure election in American history. HR1 securely expands access to voting and strengthens election infrastructure security through grant programs and enhanced cybersecurity standards. Our elections are already safeguarded by numerous federal and state laws. Impartial and effective enforcement of these laws protects and secures our elections. The voter registration systems in HR1, including opportunities for online, automatic, or same-day voter registration, will increase the integrity of our elections systems by alleviating clerical errors and instances of incorrect voter removals that lead to inaccurate voter data and voter disenfranchisement.

MYTH: HR1 would force states to implement universal vote-by-mail.

FACT: False. HR1 does not mandate universal voting by mail. It simply ensures that every eligible voter has the option to vote by mail if they wish to do so. Your access to the ballot box should be free and unabridged – if you are unable to vote in person, you shouldn’t lose your opportunity to vote.

MYTH: HR1 bans photo ID requirements.

FACT: False. HR1 ensures that voters who do not have an ID are still permitted to vote if they sign a sworn written statement under penalty of perjury attesting to their identity and eligibility to vote. Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce participation, and stand in opposition to ensuring all Americans can access the ballot box.
Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have a government-issued photo ID. That percentage is even higher for seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, low income voters, and students. Many citizens find it hard to obtain government-issued photo IDs because the necessary underlying documentation like birth certificates is often difficult or expensive to come by. Key to note is that in-person voter fraud, the type of fraud photo ID would supposedly prevent, is exceedingly rare. A recent study found that, from 2000-2014, there were only 31 credible allegations of voter impersonation during a time period in which over 1 billion ballots were cast.

MYTH: HR1’s public financing system for campaigns will use taxpayer dollars to line the pockets of politicians.

FACT: False. HR1 specifies that no taxpayer dollars will be used in the small donor public financing system. Right now, corporations, special interests, and big donors overwhelmingly fund campaigns in America. HR1 would change the equation by implementing a voluntary matching fund system that empowers everyday Americans, not just the big-money crowd. In this system, money from HR1’s “Freedom from Influence Fund” would only go to candidates who opt-in to the system and who meet stringent requirements to lessen their dependence on big donors. The money for the matching donations would come from a fee assessed on civil and criminal financial penalties against corporate lawbreakers and tax cheats. No taxpayer dollars are spent on the matching system.
HR1’s matching fund system is based on a proven and successful model that has been tested for decades in localities across the country. There are 27 active public financing programs in states, counties, and cities across the country, including programs that have been in place for more than 4 decades – many of which have increased the number of donors participating in local elections, and those donors better reflect the jurisdiction’s population.

MYTH: HR1 would restrict your First Amendment rights protected by the Constitution by forcing grassroots organizations to publicly report their lists of their supporters.

FACT: False. HR1 shines a light on secret money in our politics and requires shadowy mega donors to disclose their spending and be accountable for their political speech. Disclosure requirements only apply to groups that spend $10,000 or more on campaign disbursements. And there are built-in protections for organizations: if an organization makes campaign-related disbursements from a segregated bank account, the organization does not have to disclose any donations that were not deposited in the segregated account. Further, the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed the constitutionality of disclosure laws and how disclosure does not silence nor prevent speech, but rather works to deter corruption or the appearance of corruption.

MYTH: HR1 would weaponize the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by destroying the current bipartisan makeup.

FACT: False. The FEC currently suffers from partisan gridlock and an enormous backlog in cases. HR1 would break this gridlock by setting up a five member bipartisan Commission instead of a six member Commission and it prevents a partisan takeover by mandating that no more than two of the five commissioners can be from the same political party.

Supporters

HR1 is widely supported among civil rights and voting rights advocates, government ethics and transparency groups, labor organizations, environmental groups, gun violence prevention groups, women and LGBTQ groups, youth organizations, and progressive organizations.

“The For the People Act, introduced as H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate, would be the most significant democracy reform in the past half century. It would make our democracy fairer, stronger, and more inclusive by, among other things, expanding voting rights, overhauling our campaign finance system, and ending extreme partisan gerrymandering. The House passed the previous version of the For the People Act in 2019 by a substantial margin; while it stalled in the Senate, it was co-sponsored by all 47 Senate Democrats. Now, the new Congress is poised to advance this historic legislation.”

Brennan Center for Justice

“Congress must pass the For The People Act (H.R. 1) — a bold, comprehensive package of democracy reforms including independent redistricting commissions, citizen-funded elections, closing the revolving door between government and corporate interests, and protecting voters against discrimination.
“H.R. 1 — is the boldest democracy reform since Watergate. It’s a massive overhaul of money-in-politics, voting, and ethics laws — all to make our democracy more inclusive.”

Common Cause

“Our nation stands at a precipice right now – and it required transformational democracy reform. During the 2020 election cycle, Americans witnessed rampant voter suppression targeting BIPOC communities, historic levels of dark money spent to drown out the voices of everyday Americans, and a widescale ethical abuses by special interests. One legislative package, the For the People Act, addresses many of these problems.”

Declaration for American Democracy

“America’s democracy hangs in the balance after a series of national crises. Systemic lies about the presidential election results and the deadly insurrectionist attempt to stop the peaceful transition of power showed just how fragile our democracy is. These events also revealed how far some political leaders will go to corrupt the government and hang onto power in defiance of the popular will. The COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement further illustrate the stark disparities faced by communities of color and other historically marginalized communities, whose voices are too often minimized by voter suppression, gerrymandering, special interest money, and many other anti-democratic rules.
But transformative democracy reform is on the verge of becoming a reality, propelled by the demands of everyday Americans who have been shut out for far too long. The For the People Act represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Congress to overhaul the corrupt political system so that it is just, is inclusive, and fairly represents the priorities of all Americans. Congress is finally poised to take a giant step toward restoring trust in government and building a resilient democracy that can tackle the long-term challenges our nation faces.”

Center for American Progress

“The For the People Act, H.R. 1, is a sweeping democracy reform package that has been reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. If passed, this much-needed legislation would enact some of the greatest, most comprehensive improvements our democracy has seen in decades. Congress should pass, and President Joe Biden should sign, H.R. 1 into law. This bill will advance voting rights, strengthen ethics laws, curtail partisan gerrymandering, and decrease the influence of wealthy special interests in our political system.”

Campaign Legal Center

“The For the People Act provides a North Star for the democracy reform agenda. It is a bold, comprehensive reform package that offers solutions to a broken democracy. Repairing and modernizing our voting system goes hand in hand with reforms that address the rampant corruption flowing from the corrosive power of money in our elections, and reforms that address the myriad ethical problems that plague all three branches of the federal government. The reforms in the For the People Act are necessary to advance racial justice and ensure that our government works for all people, not just a powerful few.”

Leadership Conference for civil and Human Rights

“On January 4th, leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced the For the People Act as H.R.1, signifying its top-priority status for a Democratic caucus that understands the imperative to finally build a truly inclusive democracy. Demos enthusiastically supports H.R.1 as a transformative structural reform package that advances racial equity. H.R.1 takes a giant leap toward free and fair elections in which Black and brown voters play an even more central role, one that reflects their numbers and historical importance in pushing our nation forward, rather than being shoved to the sidelines by big money and discriminatory barriers to the ballot.”

Demos

“Far too many Americans across the political spectrum believe their government no longer works for them. They see wealthy special interests dictating policy, politicians setting the rules for their own elections and making it harder for Americans to vote, and federal officials profiting off the public interest. The For the People Act is critical to restoring the public’s faith in our democratic institutions and ensuring everyone’s voice and vote is heard, counted, and protected.”

End Citizens United/Let America Vote

Supporters

H.R. 1 is widely supported among civil rights and voting rights advocates, government ethics and transparency groups, labor organizations, environmental groups, gun violence prevention groups, women and LGBTQ groups, youth organizations, and progressive organizations.

“The For the People Act, introduced as H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate, would be the most significant democracy reform in the past half century. It would make our democracy fairer, stronger, and more inclusive by, among other things, expanding voting rights, overhauling our campaign finance system, and ending extreme partisan gerrymandering. The House passed the previous version of the For the People Act in 2019 by a substantial margin; while it stalled in the Senate, it was co-sponsored by all 47 Senate Democrats. Now, the new Congress is poised to advance this historic legislation.”

Brennan Center for Justice

“Congress must pass the For The People Act (H.R. 1) — a bold, comprehensive package of democracy reforms including independent redistricting commissions, citizen-funded elections, closing the revolving door between government and corporate interests, and protecting voters against discrimination.
“H.R. 1 — is the boldest democracy reform since Watergate. It’s a massive overhaul of money-in-politics, voting, and ethics laws — all to make our democracy more inclusive.”

Common Cause

“Our nation stands at a precipice right now – and it required transformational democracy reform. During the 2020 election cycle, Americans witnessed rampant voter suppression targeting BIPOC communities, historic levels of dark money spent to drown out the voices of everyday Americans, and a widescale ethical abuses by special interests. One legislative package, the For the People Act, addresses many of these problems.”

Declaration for American Democracy

“America’s democracy hangs in the balance after a series of national crises. Systemic lies about the presidential election results and the deadly insurrectionist attempt to stop the peaceful transition of power showed just how fragile our democracy is. These events also revealed how far some political leaders will go to corrupt the government and hang onto power in defiance of the popular will. The COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement further illustrate the stark disparities faced by communities of color and other historically marginalized communities, whose voices are too often minimized by voter suppression, gerrymandering, special interest money, and many other anti-democratic rules.
But transformative democracy reform is on the verge of becoming a reality, propelled by the demands of everyday Americans who have been shut out for far too long. The For the People Act represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Congress to overhaul the corrupt political system so that it is just, is inclusive, and fairly represents the priorities of all Americans. Congress is finally poised to take a giant step toward restoring trust in government and building a resilient democracy that can tackle the long-term challenges our nation faces.”

Center for American Progress

“The For the People Act, H.R. 1, is a sweeping democracy reform package that has been reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. If passed, this much-needed legislation would enact some of the greatest, most comprehensive improvements our democracy has seen in decades. Congress should pass, and President Joe Biden should sign, H.R. 1 into law. This bill will advance voting rights, strengthen ethics laws, curtail partisan gerrymandering, and decrease the influence of wealthy special interests in our political system.”

Campaign Legal Center

“The For the People Act provides a North Star for the democracy reform agenda. It is a bold, comprehensive reform package that offers solutions to a broken democracy. Repairing and modernizing our voting system goes hand in hand with reforms that address the rampant corruption flowing from the corrosive power of money in our elections, and reforms that address the myriad ethical problems that plague all three branches of the federal government. The reforms in the For the People Act are necessary to advance racial justice and ensure that our government works for all people, not just a powerful few.”

Leadership Conference for civil and Human Rights

“On January 4th, leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced the For the People Act as H.R.1, signifying its top-priority status for a Democratic caucus that understands the imperative to finally build a truly inclusive democracy. Demos enthusiastically supports H.R.1 as a transformative structural reform package that advances racial equity. H.R.1 takes a giant leap toward free and fair elections in which Black and brown voters play an even more central role, one that reflects their numbers and historical importance in pushing our nation forward, rather than being shoved to the sidelines by big money and discriminatory barriers to the ballot.”

Demos

“Far too many Americans across the political spectrum believe their government no longer works for them. They see wealthy special interests dictating policy, politicians setting the rules for their own elections and making it harder for Americans to vote, and federal officials profiting off the public interest. The For the People Act is critical to restoring the public’s faith in our democratic institutions and ensuring everyone’s voice and vote is heard, counted, and protected.”

End Citizens United/Let America Vote

Media

Biden calls on Congress to pass voting, elections reform bills

April 28, 2021|

The Hill | President Biden in his address to Congress on Tuesday called on lawmakers to pass a sweeping set of elections and voting reforms that hold the potential to reshape the U.S. political landscape, from how campaigns are financed to the laws governing the decennial redistricting process...

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