Looking for Better Ways of Running Elections

By Jana Morgan | The New York Times (LTE)
Nov 27, 2020
Editorials

As experts posit how to rebuild our democracy and expand voting rights, we should spotlight an existing piece of legislation that can achieve these goals: H.R. 1, or the For the People Act. As the article notes, the bill would be “transformative.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has renewed her commitment to pass this legislation. It would establish automatic voter registration for all voters, require states to adopt independent redistricting commissions and ensure a period of at least 15 days of early voting for federal elections in all 50 states.

(Its passage in the Senate is uncertain, with control still undecided.)

These are structural reforms to our broken election system, expanding voter access and countering the malicious efforts of voter suppression that have disenfranchised communities of color for decades.

The next administration and Congress should look no further than the reforms outlined in H.R. 1 to jump-start this process of ensuring that all Americans can have their voices heard.

Jana Morgan
Washington
The writer is director of the Declaration for American Democracy, a coalition of interest groups.