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Congress considers democracy reforms as voter suppression surges

The For the People Act passed by the House earlier this month, has been introduced in the Senate and designated S. 1. The most comprehensive democracy reform bill in decades, it comes at a time when voter suppression efforts are surging to levels not seen since Jim Crow. According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, more than 250 bills pending in 43 state legislatures would restrict access to the ballot box by severely limiting where, when, and how people can vote.

The For the People Act rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. To achieve these goals, the bill would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration and voluntary public financing of campaigns, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering and purging voter rolls, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The For the People Act also makes a strong argument for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state. Tell your senators to support the For the People Act.


Email your senators and tell them to support the For the People Act.

 

69 responses to “Congress considers democracy reforms as voter suppression surges

  1. IF HR 1 passes, the United States of America as we know it today is doomed. Free elections depend on a certain amount on anonymous voting which this bill would eliminate. The “same-day” registration of voters is a scam to allow “anyone” to become an “eligible voter.” Fraud of the worst kind would begin with this action.
    We have to show ID for almost any activity now–Why would it be “wrong” to require an ID to vote? Only the most biased, ill-informed, negative bigot would agree to this kind of elimination of identification.
    I cannot in any form of good conscience expect ANY of my Congress people to even CONSIDER voting in favor of this legislation. If the powers that be at NEA think otherwise, they have NO CONSIDERATION of historical USA and have been fed a line of crap by the illegal ldemocRATS in current power.

  2. No one is restricting anyone from voting. It is not voter suppression to require people to identify themselves. We must ensure the integrity of the election system so that elections are legitimate. We cannot have automatic registration. Voters need to show ID so that they cannot vote more than once in an election and someone else cannot vote in their place multiple times. This is logic. Don’t believe the nonsense about voter suppression being put out there by Black Lives Matter and other hate groups.

    1. The Republicans go out of there way to find ways to suppress the vote because they cannot win if all people who are qualified can and do vote. Do not believe the Republican Propaganda machine. Amazing how there were little problems while the republicans were winning but the sky is falling now they are losing.. BLM people are correct closing down voting places forcing long lines ,purging list of people who have voted for 40 years because they are Black, making people travel long distances to vote when they do not have transportation, ten voting places in the rich white areas and two in the higher population areas of minorities., The only real hate group is the Republican hate of all people voting!!

      1. Crystal, you are delusional. Get into reality. No one tried to suppress the black vote. What for? Black Lives Matter is a propaganda machine. They lie and create their own reality. All people need to see BLM as a hate group. That’s what they are. Wake up!

      2. I find the delusions in those who deny the reality of voter suppreGraves.

        Note: I am white, female, and past middle age. I left the GOP in Nov. 2022 because of the increasing greed and power lust in what used to be my party and was the party of my mother, her parents, and my in laws; they must all be turning in their graves.

  3. Make voluntary adherence to campaign financing into mandatory adherence! Get the money out of elections. Where are our morals when we throw money at people who want elective office. We have people living on the streets. Where are our priorities?

  4. If the citizens of this country are not allowed to vote, then WE ARE NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Universal national voter registration (which is based on social security number) is the safest, surest, error eliminating method to insure a fair & free election. This is really a no-brainer! Also leveling the playing field by removing huge corporate & pac donations which the common citizen can never compete against to get fair & equal treatment in the laws passed by the politicians. Isn’t a Democracy meant to include all the citizens?

    1. You need to study your world history again and see HOW the warped minds of illegitimate governments have come into power.

  6. Oregon has it right. Voters receive their paper ballots and voters’ guides well before elections. The county voting office emails voters when those things are sent, if voters are registered. Mailing back the ballots is free, and voters get an email when their ballots are received. It should be that easy, in every state.

  7. Volunteer at the polls; if you doubt the process. It is a I dot every ” I”. Cross every “t” process. Mr. Monk would love it. Fraud is extremely rare nationally. It’s a paper tiger for restricting votes. It is not based on facts. I’ve volunteered for years at California elections .I haven’t worked in other state’s elections. Yay that we are discussing such a critical part of democracy.. Thank you.

  8. All citizens should have the right to vote without taking time off from work, traveling long distances to their polling place,standing in long lines for hours, or difficulty in registering. Automatic voter registration, & permanent early absentee voting should be the norm.

    1. You need to study your world history again and see HOW the warped minds of illegitimate governments have come into power.
      I just said this before and say it again,” Illegitimate governments worldwide have used this to get into power and keep the average voter in the dark.”

  9. Please educate yourself on the history of systemic racism in this country. I’m reading “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. It tells the very important and overlooked story of the Great Migration. Watch the documentary 13th. Voter ID laws are an extension of Jim Crow. Voter suppression is real. When we make it harder for people to vote, politicians who do not have Americans’ best interests at heart stay in office. If you truly believe in “liberty and justice for all” and the promise of our great country, this legislation is the first step.

  10. Anytime a political party or individual attempt to stifle, overthrow, silence, or suppress the rights of individuals, that party or individual had to be held accountable.

    1. IDs are NOT SUPPRESSION!! I’ll say it again, “You need to study your world history again and see HOW the warped minds of illegitimate governments have come into power!!!!

  11. The republican Voter Suppression Party has introduced over 250 voter-suppression state-house bills across 43 states in 2021 alone, according to the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice. We cannot allow HR1/SR1, which polls show a majority of Americans support, to be destroyed by the notoriously Jim Crow senate rule for filibustering, so often used by white nationalists like John Calhoun and Strom Thurmond to kill civil rights bills. Please write or telephone your Senators to urge them to oppose the Senate filibuster and support HR1/SR1, the For the People Act.

    1. This is the crap being forwarded by the “DARK MONEY” trying to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate right now. Not a word of truth in it. Dishonest politicians exist all over and passing HR1 would only enable them more.

  12. In Democracy voting rights for the people ,this is the human rights which can not be violated from the people if we have Democracy in our country.

    1. We need to protect everyone’s voting rights, we have to stop the voting suppression Republicans are trying to instill. Our democracy needs to be protected and voting rights is part of it.

  13. We need to make voting easier, not harder. Please help end voter suppression, and if it means ending the filibuster then so be it.

  14. No Taxation Without Reprentation! If you suppress voters why should they be forced to pay taxes? This is just appalling. Everyone nees to e able to cast theirvote for teh candidates of their choice. Period.

      1. No, restore the filibuster to the old way to where they have to actually talk and appose that bill.

      2. “DARK MONEY” right now supported by friends of George Soros and his ilk are promoting what you call for…

    1. VOTE NO!!! We NEED ONE day fot voting & Voter ID. This CANNOT PASS. It iscAGAINST the Constitution!!!!!

  15. I think that people need photo ID in order to vote. Washington DC should not become the 51 state.
    We need to go forward and not backwards. We do not want to become another CUBA or Venezuela.
    People’s votes should count but people need to be present and ID’d. A 99 year old with demetia should not vote. I am sorry.

  16. How insane is it that “we ” should be trying to make it harder for people to vote??? This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, ALL should favor voter participation to the maximum extent possible …unless they are afraid of the outcome.

  17. There is no such thing as voter suppression. There should not be automatic voter registration. We must identify who is voting and ensure that there is no fraud or that someone is counted more than once. Voters need to present their ID. This is BLM garbage that infers suppression of the black vote and white supremacy. Pure nonsense. Also, the District of Columbia should not become a State. This would ensure Democratic victories in all elections. That’s why they support it. Do not pass this Act!

    1. Everyone gets a vote and should not have to jump through hoops for that right. By outing barriers in the way you are suppressing the vote. Reducing voting hours, reducing voting locations, requiring ID are alll forms of reducing the opportunity to vote. Time and time again the myth of rampant voter fraud has been debunked. It’s time to face fact, these restrcitions are supression.

    2. Washington DC has more people than some states. People who choose to live in DC should be able to have a voting congressman and senators like the rest of Americans.

      1. Reassign them back to vote in the states that contributed to Washington, DC in the first place. That is NOT hard to figure out, either!!

    3. Your comments are the garbage! Voting is a right and should be made easier not harder. Every voting age American should be given all opportunities to vote by whatever method works for them. Voting is a right for all not a privilege for the few!
      Making DC a state gives them the same political representation as every other state in the union. It has nothing to do with party. If your so worried support your local politicians – Democrat or Republican!

      1. James, you don’t like the truth. There’s no such thing as voter suppression. This is Black Lives Matter propaganda. Get real.

        1. I think we should ask Frank to start posting his birth certificate on the site, take a little quiz, and then guess how many Jelly beans are in the jar BEFORE he can express his denial of facts on this site. Sounds like he is not “qualified” to vote. Bots are not People.

      2. James….voting is a responsibility therefore it should have requirements to be met. If you value your rights, then you will be more than willing to register to vote even it it takes and extra 30 minutes out of your day. I have seen voting fraud/discrepancy in my own precinct because the election/poll workers are not required to see ID. Had they been required to see ID, the gentleman in front of me would have been able to cast his own ballot instead of someone else voting for him. Even Mexico requires a voter to have an ID. The fact that you belittle the other responders is disappointing.

    4. You are obviously not a person of color, are you? You lack ability to walk in another’s shoes. How can you be so unaware of voter suppression?

    1. I agree with Jane Parr. This legislation must be passed to ensure all our citizens can vote easily. These are dangerous times and if the filibuster must go so this will be passed so be it. We must protect our democracy!

  18. Now, more than ever, we need to make voting MORE accessible for all U.S. citizens, not less. Thank you, Senator Merkley & Senator Wyden, for continuing to fight for the passage of the For The People Act!

    1. I call your staement BS. Even with Voter ID people have been able to scam the system. The issue is limited to a small (dare I say miniscule) number of votes. Requiring voter ID only supresses votes.

  19. All US CITIZENS, 18 and older have the right to vote. It IS sad that women and minorities were not permitted this right so many years ago and now it is corrected.

    Those who are NOT US CITIZENS do NOT have this right, and should not. Even for the increase of voter support for a liberal and progressive faction, just to keep those now in power with the power. Call it what it is people and start waking up.

    Encourage your elected officials to follow the US Constitution and comply with what our founders shaped for this Republic.
    Legislation to ‘allow illegal entrants into the US’ to vote is against the law.
    Those who have followed the legal path toward citizenship may certainly and legally vote in the United States. At least this is how it is right now until the current elected administration and mindset gets it changed after 240 years of shaping a country.

  20. The phrase, We the People, should mean that we the people elect those who are to lead. Too often, once a person is elected, the people’s wishes and needs get put aside. Insurrection Day (1-6-2021) should never have occurred. Democracy was endangered by those who failed to accept that we, the people, did fairly elect Biden/Harris to lead. Voters will be watching how some elected continue to threaten our right to vote.

    1. Ann, if you think Biden and Harris are leaders, then this country is in trouble. Biden called Russia’s Putin a killer on national TV and Kamala Harris was raising money to bail criminals out of jail that were rioting, looting and assaulting police officers last summer. If you knew that before the election would you still have voted for her? She is a disgrace.

  21. It is mind-boggling and terrifying that it’s easier in some places to get a gun than it is to vote. Voting is the basis of our democratic republic. To disallow Americans from voting because of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have (repeatedly) been shown to be unfounded can be seen as little but an attempt to undermine the democratic process to favor select individuals and small (minded) collectives over the will of the people.

  22. In the year 2021 we should NOT be talking about VOTER SUPPRESSION! ALL AMERICANS should have the right to vote and it should be an easy process! A large number of those in Congress NO LONGER WORK for their constituents! They need to be voted out! I THANK the CT Congressional representatives who are standing up for ALL Americans! Please continue the fight to achieve the FOR THE PEOPLE Act!!

  23. You complain about limits on where, when, and how people vote, but you fail to leave out the most important reason for security at elections. WHO votes is the main reason states have to clamp down on elections. I personally had 4 absentee ballot applications sent to my house from previous owners that moved away 20 years ago. I could have easily filled out the applications and obtained a ballot. However I decided to do the right thing and report this to the clerk. She passed it on to the Secretary of State in Lansing. Do you think our Democrat secretary would correct the rolls. Of course she didn’t. This is why we need to improve our voter security not weaken it.

    Finally, the NEA needs to stop supporting every democrat socialist agenda that has nothing to do with education. The NEA is turning into a Democrat superpac. It’s getting very embarrassing.

    1. Andy, I respect you for doing the right thing. Cheers! You point out exactly what’s wrong with the voting system. Nobody is trying to suppress voters. We all just want to ensure the legitimacy of all elections. Great response!

  24. Voting should be made easier for all citizens of the US, as opposed to more difficult. My college aged daughter has had to jump through too many hoops to vote in elections as an absentee voter. It should be a simple process that ensures the identity of the voter.

  25. This is not a good bill and should not be passed.
    I would like it if, teachers with different opinions were heard and not just the ones who
    seem to be in it for themselves only and do not make up their own minds and allow for
    differing opinions and discussion.
    I want it to be known that not all teachers support everything the NEA supports and spends money to promote.

  26. The Democratic Party Needs to clean up its own act for one, the DNC needs to look in their own backyard before that call the Republican voting practices suppressing voting in our country, to the criminal way the DNC chooses its candidate to run for our Presidency, They full heartily said they were a private club that can choose who they wanted. Secondly The DNC also tried to use an app created to steel votes from certain voting districts and in this way also to lift up the one they wanted to become the chosen one. https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-02-04/clinton-campaign-vets-behind-2020-iowa-caucus-app-snafu , that is not Democracy! I know many people, lifelong Democrats who will never vote for a Democrat again. I for one will never and also my family will never give a penny to The DNC we hope it dies with all their corruption. Not to mention the deal with the Clinton campaign having full control of the DNC and where the money was designated during the 2016 primaries and Stacey Abrams role in giving Clinton the questions ahead of Debates. This is so corrupt. The Obama administration took care of Wall Street instead of the Country and the People. He also continued wars and conflicts we should have not been in. Bill Clinton NAFTA, ruined so many lives in this Country. Bill Clinton Also a Commander and Chief for Wall Street. These acts and many others that the Democratic Establishment have done or turned a blind eye to brought us Trump. If there is not significant change in this Country it will get worse.
    Also the inability of the Democratic Officials not taking a stand on Citizens United and the corrupt way that money and Corporations run our Country is astounding. So many of these few things I mention here are so detrimental to our Country and have driven a huge divide in society, these things need to change or our country will continue to spiral. I Shout MEDICARE FOR ALL, MONEY OUT OF POLITICS, FIX THE MINIMUM WAGE MORE THAN 15.00, ROLL BACK TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH (they are making china great not America), GET RID OF LOOP-HOLES FOR THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS, NO INSIDER TRADING IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, (how in the world have we gotten to this point that we allow this?) no one should be in the pockets of or benefiting from someone that are supposed to be regulating. )) YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE AND WE KNOW IT! NO MORE WARS, (the military complex has been exposed and it needs to be stopped, billions and billions of dollars spent to make some people rich. Maybe you just give the manufactures the money not to make bombs? PEACE TALKS, DEPLOMACY! JOBS BILL, take care of infrastructure, create jobs instead of just giving money away for stimulus, and pay a wage you can be proud of. Fairness Doctrine (https://apnews.com/article/media-margaret-brennan-archive-deregulation-immigration-f2021dc7425a4001b1f910a3bb075b87) we should have the right to hear the truth not just opinions and scattered truth. Internet and Social Media sites should Be A UTILITY, NO MONOPOLIES! They should be regulated and break up the already too large Corporations.
    I certainly could go on and on, you have a chance to change let’s see it. I want to hear your apologies for all your short comings and see the change, this maybe could bring more back. Biden did not win by much; it could have easily could gone the other way. So many just voted against the Democratic Establishment and the corruption they commit and the corruption that the democratic establishment allows to go on, without doing or saying a thing. There is one thing that the Republican Party is good at they stick together even if it is wrong and will as long as the Democratic Party doesn’t call their repeated words out for the BS they are, with true facts every single time and Change, the narrative.

    1. Replying to Peggy so these comments get repeated:

      Universal national voter registration (which is based on social security number) is the safest, surest, error eliminating method to insure a fair & free election. This is really a no-brainer! Also leveling the playing field by removing huge corporate & pac donations which the common citizen can never compete against to get fair & equal treatment in the laws passed by the politicians. Isn’t a Democracy meant to include all the citizens?

      There is no such thing as voter suppression. There should not be automatic voter registration. We must identify who is voting and ensure that there is no fraud or that someone is counted more than once. Voters need to present their ID. This is BLM garbage that infers suppression of the black vote and white supremacy. Pure nonsense. Also, the District of Columbia should not become a State. This would ensure Democratic victories in all elections. That’s why they support it. Do not pass this Act!

      Encourage your elected officials to follow the US Constitution and comply with what our founders shaped for this Republic.
      Legislation to ‘allow illegal entrants into the US’ to vote is against the law.
      Those who have followed the legal path toward citizenship may certainly and legally vote in the United States. At least this is how it is right now until the current elected administration and mindset gets it changed after 240 years of shaping a country.

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