On Wednesday night, House Democrats passed an election reform bill, H.R. 1, making it easier for them to win elections in the future.
The vote was a narrow one at 220-210 considering every single Republican voted “nay.”
The bill is a clear attempt by Democrats to ensure they win every election in the future considering the bill will allow for automatically registering voters as well as expanding early and absentee voting.
“This is something that is enormously popular among the American people. The American people want to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money in politics, which is preventing so many good things from happening. The people want to see an end to voter suppression,” Speaker Pelosi said.
The measure would require states to offer mail-in ballots, a minimum of 15 days of early voting and calls for online and same-day voter registration. The legislation also calls for the creation of independent commissions to draw congressional districts in an effort to put an end to partisan gerrymandering. It would also provide additional resources to stave off foreign threats on elections, enable automatic voter registration, and would make Election Day a national holiday for federal workers.
Supporters of the bill said it’s a necessary step to restore faith in the electoral system and tackle dark money in politics, arguing it expands voting rights, increases transparency in elections and creates new ethics rules to tamp down on corruption.
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