Democrats see the HR 1, “For the People Act” as a landmark legislative achievement, but their tenuous coalition of moderates and progressives, necessary to pass the massive elections overhaul through the Senate, is slowly falling apart, according to a new report from the New York Times, and may spell disaster for the bill.
The bill, which passed the House on a purely partisan vote, would make sweeping changes to federal elections, forcing states to offer automatic and same-day voter registration and online voter registration. It would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to “pre-register” to vote, would eliminate the practice of purging voter rolls of inactive and out-of-state voters, and would restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison term.
It would also do away with so-called “dark money,” force states to create independent commissions to outline Congressional districts, would force public financing for campaigns, compel those running for president to make public their income tax returns, demand consideration for D.C. statehood, and update the Federal Election Commission with additional members, among other notable reforms.
Democrats maintain that the massive reform bill is necessary to modernize elections, particularly in light of a sharp increase in mail-in voting in 2020 but Republicans have cautioned that the bill puts power into the hands of Democrats and thwarts state efforts at reducing and eliminating vote fraud.
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