Reports: Democrats ‘Splintering’ Over Voter Rights Bill, May Drop HR1 Elections Overhaul

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Democrats see the HR 1, “For the People Act” as a landmark legislative achievement, but their tenuous coalition of moderates and progressives, necessary to pass the massive elections overhaul through the Senate, is slowly falling apart according to a new report from the New York Times, and may spell disaster for the bill. The bill, which passed the House on a purely partisan vote, would make sweeping changes to federal elections, forcing states to offer automatic and same-day voter registration and online voter registration. It would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to “pre-register” to vote, would eliminate the practice of purging voter rolls of inactive and out-of-state voters, and would restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison term. It would also do away with so-called “dark money,” force states to create independent commissions to outline Congressional districts, would force public financing for campaigns, compel those running for president to make public their income tax returns, demand consideration for DC statehood, and update the Federal Election Commission with additional members, among other notable reforms.

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