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Beyer Votes For Historic Voting Rights, Anti-Corruption and Ethics Reform Legislation

For The People Act passes House; includes text of Beyer’s youth pre-registration bill

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today voted in favor of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which passed the House. H.R. 1 is a sweeping package of election reforms which would crack down on voter suppression, protect elections, get money out of politics, strengthen ethics rules, and fight corruption.

H.R. 1 also included the text of Beyer’s Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act, a bill that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote in federal elections and would authorize grants to states to promote youth civic engagement.

“Today the House took a bold step to restore power to the people,” said Rep. Beyer. “H.R. 1 would revitalize America’s democracy with some of the most important election reforms in a generation. I am proud that it included the text of my bill, the PROVE Act, which would give a huge boost to civic engagement among young people. The legislation we just passed would do so much good for the country, and I strongly urge our Senate colleagues to take it up with all possible haste.”

The For the People Act includes provisions that would:

• Expand automatic voter registration and same day registration
• Strengthen vote by mail, early voting and ballot access
• Combat voter intimidation and voter suppression
• Protect elections from foreign interference
• End partisan gerrymandering
• Promote digital ad transparency
• Force disclosure of dark money
• Rein in lobbyist influence
• Enforce ethics and conflict of interest rules for all government officials
• Empower small donors with matching funds paid for by lawbreakers, not taxpayers

Full text of the bill is available here, with a short summary here.