HR1 or We’re Fucked
American democracy is in crisis. And we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to save it.
How We Win
H.R.1 passed the House with unanimous Democratic support. It’s a broadly popular bill, but Republicans have decided that anything that makes it easier for all people to vote is a nonstarter for them.
How do I make sure I'm registered?
Can I register the same day I want to vote?
Can I vote by mail?
Can I vote early in person?
Do I need an ID to vote in person?
What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?
Protecting Our Elections
After the 2016 election revealed that foreign adversaries were able to breach state voter registration systems and election night results reporting websites, our election infrastructure came under new scrutiny. Despite clear threats, six states continue to use voting machines that have no paper backup, something security experts say is a bare minimum defense. The For the People Act would support paper-based voting systems and allocate $1 billion in election funds to enhance federal support for voting system security, increasing oversight of election system vendors and require the development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC blew the doors open for a small class of wealthy donors to overpower the voices of the average voter in our campaigns. The For the People Act proposes reforms to attempt to counteract this trend, including public financing of elections through small dollar matching, limiting dark money, and making sure the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) that oversees and enforces our existing campaign finance laws can function again.
The For the People Act would establish stronger ethics rules for all three branches of government, including requiring the president, vice president, and candidates for those offices to disclose their tax returns, strengthening safeguards against congressional conflicts of interests, and requiring a code of ethics for United States Supreme Court justices.
Learn more about democracy reform and how you can get involved.
In the first 100 days of the Biden presidency, Stand Up America is prioritizing five major democracy reforms, including the For the People Act. Learn more about more ways Congress can combat racist voter suppression, protect voting rights, and break down barriers to progress.Learn More
Indivisible’s Practical Guide for Fixing our Democracy is a great resource for understanding what reforms are urgently needed to fix our democracy, how to use the power of a Democratic trifecta, and how to use your own power in your relationship with your representatives in Congress.Learn More
If you want to learn all about the details of the For the People Act, the Brennan Center for Justice has a ton of great information on how this bill would address many of the most urgent challenges we’re facing as a country.Learn More