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League of Women Voters Applauds House of Representatives for Passing the For the People Act
LWV Urges Senate Leaders to Vote on this Essential Bill
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the sweeping democracy reform bill that will make our elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American voters.
“This landmark legislation is the biggest improvement to our democracy since the Voting Rights Act,” said Chris Carson, president of the national board of the League of Women Voters. “From election modernization to redistricting reform, the For the People Act levels the playing field to allow more Americans to participate in our democracy.”
The League was proud to help shape the bill’s language, making sure same day voter registration and small donor, public matching funds were prioritized in the legislation. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
“The League works tirelessly to make sure that every eligible voter has their voice heard in every election, and that is why we were proud to take an active role in crafting and advocating for this bill,” said Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters. “A healthy democracy is one in which everyone has their voice heard. All elected officials should support legislation that works for the American people, and we will do what we can to move this bill forward in the Senate.”
The League worked closely with our partner organizations in the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to build support for the For the People Act. We will continue to promote this momentous legislation and look forward to the day it becomes law.
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