For the People Act Would Lift Voting Restrictions, Expand Access. The GOP is Not in Favor.
Amid all the hubbub of the 2020 election, the pandemic, the lies and conspiracy theories, the Jan. 6 insurrection, and the second impeachment of former president Donald Trump, Congress introduced H.R. 1 — For the People Act of 2021.... U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, saw this in his own district, with its meandering borders and cut-outs. In 2019, he introduced an extensive bill to expand “voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders....” H.R. 1 would change the Civil Rights Act to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, extend the right to vote to all eligible Americans with or without a photo ID and allow for mail-in ballots, among other things. Normally, I would ask you to write Rep. Vicky Hartzler to support H.R. 1, but that may be a foolhardy effort. Hartzler is a right-wing conservative who has supported voter restriction legislation and most likely will not support the For the People Act of 2021. But write we must, for otherwise we would be denying our neighbors their right to vote.