The full Senate will vote this week on the For the People Act (S. 1), the most comprehensive democracy reform bill in decades. The bill 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.
Getting the bill to passage will be a steep climb in the evenly split Senate, but failure is not an option. The need for action is clear. As of mid-May, according to the Brennan Center, 389 bills introduced in 48 state legislatures included 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. Please use your voice: Tell your senators why this bill is critical to ensure all U.S. citizens can freely exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Email your senators and tell them to support the For the People Act.