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Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R.1, a landmark piece of legislation that seeks to strengthen policies related to voting and election laws, campaign finance, and government ethics. Page Gardner, founder and president of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:
“The passage of H.R.1 by the House is a huge victory for our democracy and voters everywhere. The bill empowers voters by making voter registration easier, improving online and same-day registration, and designating Election Day as a federal holiday. The bill also tackles money in politics and creates stronger ethical standards for elected officials, something the majority of voters support.
“Shamefully, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to let those changes see the light of day in the Senate, where some politicians seem to care more about rigging the system to stay in power than protecting the democratic process and fair elections. Where McConnell should be embracing policies that help everyone participate, he seems determined to take our country back to a time when only white men could participate.
“Actions like these send a clear message to the powerful Rising American Electorate (RAE) —a key voting bloc comprised of young people, people of color and unmarried women. Those voters will be watching, come 2020.”
The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate.