The League of Women Voters supports HR1, the For The People Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8, 2019.
Support HR1 For The People Act
The For The People Act is core to decades of League work. This democracy reform bill will give states the resources to ensure the voting rights of all citizens.
The bill was introduced in the Senate on March 28, 2019 and is now in the Senate Finance Committee. It could also go to the Judiciary Committee, the Rules Committee, and/or others before coming to the floor for a final vote.
The League of Women Voters supports the following provisions:
- Independent redistricting commissions in every state
- Redistricting guidelines
- Ensures communities of interest, neighborhoods be maintained
- A partisanship test (efficiency gap) must be applied
- Process must be transparent and allow for public participation
- Plans must be enacted by a 3-judge court
- Payments for the commission to operate must be made (???)
- Same day registration
- Automatic registration (already the case in 27 states)
- Online voter registration
- A commitment to restore the VRA (Voting Rights Act) that was rolled back with the Shelby County ruling.
- An end to voter purges
- Small donor public financing to level the playing field
- Each donor’s contribution would be matched 1:6 from non-taxpayer funds in the Freedom from Influence Fund garnered from fines and seizures in court judgments
- Participation by candidates would be voluntary
- Transparency would increase by closing disclosure loopholes [$5B spent on 2018 elections, but much about donors has not been disclosed]
- Federal Election Commission reform to enable it to function (5 commissioners so no tie votes, more staff, judges)
- Ethics and transparency provisions for the executive and judicial branches