Skip Navigation
Legislation

The For the People Act

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, implement other anti-corruption measures, and other purposes for fortifying our democracy.

Last Updated: March 4, 2021
Published: January 4, 2019

In a major step toward fixing our broken system of elec­tions, lawmakers in both cham­bers of Congress are advan­cing a compre­hens­ive demo­cracy reform bill — the For the People Act. The bill passed the House as H.R. 1 on March 3rd and has been desig­nated S. 1 in the Senate. A previ­ous version of the bill passed the House in 2019. The For the People Act would:

  • Make it easier to vote and counter voter suppres­sion by stream­lin­ing voter regis­tra­tion, expand­ing early voting and voting by mail, restor­ing the right to vote for people who were formerly incar­cer­ated and commit­ting to restore the Voting Rights Act to full strength — so that all voices can be heard;
  • Fix our campaign fund­ing system through an innov­at­ive reform that boosts the power of ordin­ary people — so that politi­cians are beholden to voters, not billion­aires and corpor­a­tions;
  • End partisan gerry­man­der­ing by ensur­ing that district lines are drawn through a fair process — so that people pick their repres­ent­at­ives, not the other way around;
  • Update aging voting infra­struc­ture to protect against foreign cyber­at­tacks and machine malfunc­tions — so that Amer­ic­ans can have confid­ence in the integ­rity of our elec­tions; and
  • Strengthen ethics rules aimed at curb­ing corrup­tion — so that we can ensure those running our govern­ment are doing the people’s busi­ness, not their own.

To learn more about the For the People Act, see: