The Voting Rights Act: A Face-Lift Americans Need

Ever since Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, the Voting Rights Act has been a skeleton of what it used to be. The For The People Act (HR-1) aims to fix that.

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Where do we go from here?

Recently, Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) spearheaded the For The People Act (HR-1). The For The People Act aims to touch on voting rights, campaign finance reform, and crack down on corporate lobbying. It is a first of its kind, historic piece of legislation that makes revitalizing our democracy a top priority of Congress. It is very much overdue and the first legislation to address these issues in decades. Voters are aware of the need to revamp the nation’s democratic institutions. In 2018, the country saw the largest midterm voter turnout since 1914 with many voters begging the newly elected Members to prioritize making our democracy for the people again, to which Democratic Members answered the pleas with this bill.

So what’s included in the For The People Act?

Automatic Voter Registration: Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have already implemented a law similar to this but HR-1 aims to automatically enroll any ever eligible voter when the DMV or other agencies are provided with necessary information, unless the individual opts out. It has been estimated that this practice could add as many as 50 million people to the voter roll.

Current community/policy organizer. Former public policy fellow at Twitter. University of Washington alumni. Advocate for social justice. Twitter: @jnoahramirez

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