House Passes Rep. Susan Wild's Bill to Enact Early Voting Nationwide as Part of H.R.1, The For the People Act
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill led by U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) to make voting more accessible by enacting and expanding early voting in every state as a key component of the historic reforms package, H.R.1, The For the People Act of 2019.
A comprehensive set of reforms to strengthen American democracy and repair democratic institutions, The For the People Act of 2019 empowers citizens by making it easier to vote, reducing the influence of big money in politics, and strengthening ethics laws across all three branches of government.
“Government should be in the hands of the American people. Plain and simple. On the campaign trail, we promised to make government reform our first order of business, and today we proudly delivered on that promise,” Rep. Wild said. “The right to fully participate in our democracy is the core of our nation, and this early voting expansion and historic reforms package will ensure that every American has the power to choose their government and hold it accountable. I believe people should decide elections, not corporations – that’s why I refuse to accept any corporate PAC donations and have advocated for these reforms since day one.
“I’m thrilled to see my legislation to enact early voting nationwide pass as a key component of these important reforms. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier to vote – not harder – because ensuring every American can participate in our democracy creates a government that is more connected, responsive, and representative of the people. We cannot call ourselves a democracy without doing everything possible to ensure the fundamental right to vote is in reach for every American.”
Specifically, Wild’s legislation would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by requiring all states to offer at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections.
H.R. 1, The For the People Act, would:
- Make it easier, not harder, to vote by implementing automatic voter registration, requiring early voting and vote by mail, committing Congress to reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act and ensuring the integrity of our elections by modernizing and strengthening our voting systems and ending partisan redistricting.
- Empower citizens by reducing the influence of big money by requiring all political organizations to disclose large donors, updating political advertisement laws for the digital age, establishing a public matching system for citizen-owned elections and revamping the Federal Election Commission to ensure there’s a cop on the campaign finance beat.
- Strengthen ethics laws to ensure the public officials work in the public interest, including by extending conflict of interest laws to the President and Vice President and requiring the release of their tax returns, closing loopholes that allow former members of Congress to avoid cooling-off periods for lobbying, breaking the revolving door between industry and the federal government and establishing a code of conduct for the Supreme Court.
Full text of the bill is available here.