The For the People Act (HR 1/S 1), introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would strengthen and restore voting rights and offer new protections for voters, end the dominance of big money in politics, and implement anti-corruption, pro-ethics measures to clean up government. Included in the bill are measures to enact nationwide automatic voter registration, simplify vote-by-mail, expand early voting, and create independent redistricting commissions. The bill would also make Election Day a federal holiday and restore voting rights to people previously convicted of a felony.
HR 1 passed the House of Representatives on March 3, 2021. It’s time for the Senate to take action