Voting Reforms Needed to Protect Democracy and Our Economy

The aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election showed how critical voting reform is needed to guarantee free, fair and secure elections that will not only ensure that the will of the voters is honored but that our vibrant, entrepreneurial economy will continue.

Congress must pass three pieces of legislation either before this November’s election or in 2023.  These bill form the three-legged stool providing firm and stable support for our democracy.

Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 (Enacted). This 1887 law governing Congressional procedures for how state electoral votes for president and vice president are cast and counted was reformed to update the vague and outdated language.  Congress passed and President Biden signed the Act in December of 2022.  The Act addresses electoral subversion at both the state and federal levels by helping ensure that partisan politicians cannot substitute their own preferences for the judgment of the American people in presidential elections.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.  This bill would modernize and revitalize the Voting Rights Act of 1965, strengthening legal protections against discriminatory voting policies and practices, guaranteeing equal access to the ballot.  The Brennan Center for Justice debunks the objections to Act.

The Freedom to Vote Act.  The Freedom to Vote Act improves access to the ballot for Americans, advances commonsense election integrity reforms, and protects our democracy from emerging threats. Importantly, this proposal reflects feedback from state and local election officials to ensure that the people responsible for implementing these reforms are able to do so effectively. This bill also elevates the voices of American voters by ending partisan gerrymandering and rooting out the undue influence of special interest money in our politics.

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