The Senate recently introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, a revised version of the For the People Act, to protect Americans freedom to vote in each and every election.
With state lawmakers introducing more than 500 voter suppression bills to make it harder to get registered and cast our ballots, passing federal voting rights legislation is the single most important thing we can do to protect access to the ballot box.
The Freedom to Vote Act incorporates key measures that are urgently needed, including automatic voter registration, protecting and expanding vote by mail, and other steps to modernize our elections and protect the right to free and fair elections for all. This bill is just one step we need to take to ensure every American can make their voices heard in our elections, especially Black, Brown and young voters, and voters with disabilities, who are disproportionately impacted by voter suppression laws.
Among other things, the Freedom to Vote Act will:
- Allow for same day voter registration,
- Establish automatic voter registration,
- Protect and expand access to voting by mail,
- Establish 15 days of early voting, including at least two weekends,
- Restore voting rights to individuals who have been previously incarcerated,
- Prevent partisan gerrymandering, and
- Protect against voter intimidation.