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H.R. 1 - The For The People Act of 2019

H.R. 1 - To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

Last Updated: February 11, 2020
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, 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.

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