House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
Congressional Democrats have House Resolution 1, also known as the For the People Act, a large and significant piece of voting and ethics reform legislation. The bill would require states to automatically register eligible voters, offer same-day registration, offer 15 days of early voting, and allow no-excuse absentee balloting, while limiting states’ ability to purge registered voters from their rolls. It would also revamp the Federal Elections Commission, extend voting rights to former felons upon completion of their sentences, and mandate that nonpartisan commissions handle the process instead of state legislatures. The bill passed 220 to 210, with no Republicans voting in favor. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle toward passage, unless Senate Democrats are willing to kill the filibuster.
Young adults will be the nation’s largest voting bloc in the upcoming election and the National Voter Education Week plans to equip them with the tools and information they need to cast a ballot this fall.
A voting initiative started by several Black athletes and artists combatting systemic and racist voter suppression. This initiative aims at educating, energizing, and protecting the Black community’s right to vote.