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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.

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