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Voting Rights & Democracy

Our democracy is under attack. From Donald Trump’s big lie about a rigged election that incited the Capitol insurrection to Jim Crow-style voter suppression laws passed by state legislatures, there is a concerted, organized attempt to sow distrust in our elections and stop people from voting. Chuck Schumer is leading the fight in the Senate to save our democracy and pass the For The People and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Acts.

For The People Act

The For The People Act, also known as H.R. 1 in the House of Representatives and S. 1 in the U.S. Senate, is a comprehensive bill that will protect the right to vote, wipe out corruption in government and reduce the influence of money in politics.

  • Protecting the Right to Vote & Ending Voter Suppression: The For The People Act establishes automatic and same-day voter registration, nationwide early voting, strengthened mail-in voting practices, prohibits voter purges, restores voting rights to previous felons, and prevents unnecessarily long wait times at the polls.
  • Securing Election Integrity: The bill would end partisan gerrymandering by requiring independent redistricting commissions draw congressional district maps and give election administrators support and resources to maintain our election systems.
  • Get Big Money out of Politics: The For The People Act would end dark money by requiring political groups to disclose their donors, create a public, small-donor matching program to fund political campaigns, close campaign finance loopholes and support the Federal Elections Commission.
  • Restore Public Trust and End Corruption: This legislation would reduce the influence of lobbyists by requiring public officials to wait 2 years before lobbying their former colleagues, strengthen conflict-of-interest rules and prevent foreign governments from interfering in our elections.

John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, named after the civil rights icon and former Congressman who nearly died fighting to pass the Voting Rights Act, restores and strengthens the protections of the original civil rights legislation.

The Voting Rights Act established a process called preclearance, which required states with a history of racist voter suppression to get approval from the federal government for any changes to their election laws. The Supreme Court eliminated preclearance in 2013, which means the federal government is unable to stop states from passing laws that make it harder for people of color, seniors and young people to vote. In 2021 alone, legislators in almost every state have introduced bills that would make it harder to vote, and the federal government is powerless to stop them even if the bills specifically target voters of color.

Together with the For The People Act, which would establish practices like automatic voter registration and enhanced mail-in voting, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will protect every American’s right to vote.