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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, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

Last Updated: January 21, 2021
Published: January 4, 2019

This is part of the Brennan Center's work on H.R. 1 - Democracy Reform.

In a major step toward fixing our broken system of elections, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have introduced a comprehensive democracy reform bill — The For the People Act (H.R. 1, S. 1). A previous version of the bill passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. 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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