The Myths and Facts Around the For the People Act

Feb 8, 2021
In The News

Democrats are working to revise election law across the country, introducing the For the People Act to strengthen and expand voting rights protections and promote increased campaign finance transparency. But right-wing media are falsely painting the legislation as a corrupt attempt to seize power from Republicans and state legislatures. The Brennan Center for Justice explains that the bills -- recently reintroduced in the House (H.R. 1) and soon to be brought to the Senate (S.B. 1) -- will bolster the right to vote for all Americans: The Act incorporates key measures that are urgently needed, including automatic voter registration and other steps to modernize our elections; a national guarantee of free and fair elections without voter suppression, coupled with a commitment to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act; small donor public financing to empower ordinary Americans instead of big donors (at no cost to taxpayers) and other critical campaign finance reforms; an end to partisan gerrymandering; and a much-needed overhaul of federal ethics rules. Here are some myths currently circulating about the For the People Act and corresponding facts.