Voting Bills to support
For the People Act
"American democracy urgently needs repair. We now have a historic opportunity to bring about transformative change. In both houses of Congress, the For the People Act — H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate — was designated as the first bill, a top priority this session.
This historic legislation responds to twin crises facing our country: the ongoing attack on democracy — reflected in the assault on the Capitol on January 6 and the subsequent flood of vote suppression bills across the country — and the urgent demand for racial justice. It is based on the key insight that the best way to defend democracy is to strengthen democracy. If enacted, it would be the most significant voting rights and democracy reform in more than half a century.
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Protect the Youth Vote Act:
In recent years, voter suppression tactics against students and young people have become increasingly common. As of April 1, 2021, legislators in 47 states have introduced over 361 bills that would restrict access to the ballot for young people, especially young voters of color. This open warfare against our democracy builds on a national effort to silence the most racially and ethnically diverse generation that our country has ever seen.
From New Hampshire to Texas and Wisconsin, we’ve seen young people jump over immeasurable hurdles to exercise their rights. We can't find polling sites close to campus, or if there is a poll site on campus, they have to wait in six-hour lines. In some states, we can’t use student ID cards or out-of-state driver's licenses as valid ID to vote. Even worse, when we show up to the polls they are harassed and told to “go back to your home state.”
As we near the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which was adopted to protect the right to vote on the basis of age, we must urge our Representatives to expand the protections provided under that Amendment by co-sponsoring H.R. 1366, the Protect the Youth Vote Act.