For the People Act Will Protect Our Vote, Amplify the Voices of Marginalized Communities

Feb 1, 2021
In The News

But this tragic attack on our Capitol should not be understood as just a reaction to the incitement of insurrection of the outgoing president. This horrific event came after years of ignoring structural weaknesses in our Republic. Our democracy was, and continues to be, undermined — and we must immediately fix it. Fortunately for Michigan, Rep. Elissa Slotkin has a strong record of protecting and strengthening our democracy throughout her time in Congress…. Additionally, she was an early supporter of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most transformative democracy reform package since the Watergate era. This comprehensive set of democracy reforms and anti-corruption measures will protect and strengthen the right to vote, reduce the role of big money in politics, end racial and partisan gerrymandering, and amplify the voices of hardworking Americans.... To have a functioning democracy, “we the people” need to know our voices matter — not just the wealthy and well-connected. And that is what the small donor reforms of H.R. 1 accomplish. Until we fix our broken democracy, it’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to fully address so many critical issues that are important to Michiganders, such as creating good paying jobs, improving affordable, quality health care for everyone and ensuring we all have clean air and water. Special interests and voter suppression have a stranglehold on us, to preserve the status quo and block significant change. Luckily, Congresswoman Slotkin has shown leadership during her time in Congress, and we are pleased that she is in a position to continue supporting the bill she cosponsored and voted for in 2019. On behalf of Common Cause’s more than 50,000 supporters throughout Michigan — more than 4,000 in Michigan’s 8th congressional district — we want to thank Rep. Slotkin for her continued leadership on democracy reform issues and for her continued support of the For the People Act, H.R. 1.