In January 2019, the first order of business for the House Democrats is HR1, a bill that will take up issues with voting rights, campaign finance reform, and lobbying. This bill was introduced by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes, and a companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico.

HR1 proposes some of the following changes to voting rights at a Federal level:

  • Automatic voter registration that allows voters to opt out rather than opting in.
  • Promoting efforts for early voting, same day voter registration, and online voter registration
  • Making Election Day a federal holiday that would give federal employees the day off, and encourage private businesses to do the same.
  • Prohibit voter roll purging
  • End partisan gerrymandering
  • Increasing election security
  • Recruiting and training more poll workers to cut down lines
  • Felons would regain voting rights after serving their sentences
  • Revives anti-discrimination provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

The bill has little chance of passing the Senate this year, especially as is, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a future, especially with enough support from voters.

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