As the Senate prepares to take up the For the People Act, fallout continues to mount from voter-suppression measures signed into law in Georgia on March 25 beneath a photo of a slave plantation tweeted by Governor Brian Kemp. Several Georgia-based corporations voiced opposition to the law while Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest. In contrast, supporters of the law are perpetuating the lie that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election due to massive voter fraud. Meanwhile, more than 360 bills with provisions to restrict voting have been introduced in 47 state legislatures—a 43 percent increase between Feb. 19 and March 24, 2021, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.
The most comprehensive democracy bill in decades, 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 to ensure access to the ballot box and prevent states from restricting and suppressing the vote as Georgia has done.