ACTION ALERT: Tell Senate to Support HR 1 to Expand the Vote

April 13th, 2019 - by Jake Bittle / The Nation

(April 12, 2018) —Last month the House of Representatives passed HR1, a crucial bill that would protect and expand the right to vote. But the bill still needs to make it through the Republican-controlled Senate.

It’s time to push for the democratic voting system we deserve. Join The Nation, Daily Kos, the Sierra Club, People for the American Way, and the League of Conservation Voters in demanding that the Senate pass the For the People Act.

Protecting the right to vote ought to be a bipartisan issue, but for decades Republicans have used dubious legal strategies to suppress the votes of people of color. They have allowed the Voting Rights Act to expire and have opened up our election system to billions of dollars of dark-money campaign contributions.

The For the People Act, which passed the House by a large margin, would enact automatic voter registration across the country and would put an end to partisan gerrymandering that has allowed Republicans to seize control of state legislatures and congressional seats. The law would also restore transparency to campaign finance disclosures and lessen the influence of megadonors on our elections. 

Now is our chance to achieve a freer and fairer democracy. 

Anti-environment groups, anti-democratic groups, and other megadonors have flooded our elections with hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited, anonymous dark money to influence elections, stop climate change legislation and dismantle voting rights.

But the Democratic House just passed H.R. 1 – the For the People Act – which restores power back to advocates like you and stops special interests and billionaires from destroying our environment and our democracy. 

The For the People Act is a sweeping bill that protects your right to vote, creates nationwide automatic and same-day voter registration, restores the Voting Rights Act and ends partisan gerrymandering – all of which will create a stronger and fairer democracy where it’s finally possible to take action on climate change.

H.R. 1 also safeguards our democracy with strengthened ethics laws that restrict lobbying, stops elected officials from using taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment lawsuits and limits special interests’ influence on our elections.

It’s essential that Congress passes H.R. 1 to protect our environment, ensure access to clean air and water, and hold our elected officials accountable. A functioning democracy free of special interests polluting our government and elections is the only way we’ll solve climate change – but right now our coalition needs your help to make sure the Senate passes the For the People Act and shifts power back to everyday Americans.

At this moment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring this bill up for a vote – and we need 100,000 fired-up grassroots advocates to add their voices and demand the Senate pass H.R. 1: Add your name today and tell the Senate to protect our voting rights!