Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is planning to bring the For the People Act (S. 1) to the floor later this month despite recent developments that make the already steep path to passage even steeper. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the only Democrat who is not a cosponsor of S. 1, says he will vote against the bill because it does not have bipartisan support. Manchin supports the narrower John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), which is not expected to be introduced until this fall. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) supported the VRAA last Congress but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes it.
In any case, the VRAA would not prevent the nearly 400 voter suppression bills that have been introduced in state legislatures from drastically changing the voting landscape across America.
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. It would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The need for action is clear: More than 360 bills introduced in 47 state legislatures include provisions to make voting more difficult—for example, by shortening the time for absentee and early voting, requiring voters show an ID at the polls, purging voter rolls, and seizing control of local election boards.
Email your senators and tell them to support the For the People Act.