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, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive democracy reform bill. The bill, which is known as H.R. 1, or the For The People Act, and was sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D–MD), would:
- Make it easier to vote by streamlining voter registration, expanding early voting, 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 H.R. 1, see:
- The text of the bill as passed in the House of Representatives on Mar. 8, 2019
- The Brennan Center's comprehensive breakdown and analysis of H.R. 1's provisions
- The Brennan Center's Case for H.R. 1
- Brennan Center staff members Dan Weiner and Tim Lau' quick breakdown of the bill's key provisions
- The Brennan Center's Letter to Members of Congress in Support of H.R. 1