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HB1 For the People Act of 2021

The For the People Act was introduced in the US House of Representatives on January 4, 2021 by multiple sponsors. The three sections of HB1 address voting, campaign finance reform and campaign ethics. The bill was passed on March 3, and sent to the Senate for consideration on March 11.


Voting:

  • Establishes election day as a legal public holiday

  • Requires automatic voter registration of eligible individuals

  • Requires availability of internet and same day voter registration

  • Prohibits requiring a notary or witness signature for voter registration and restrictions of curb side voting

  • Sets forth reasons for removal from voter registration roster

  • Requires access to voting for individuals with disabilities

  • Requires early voting period, secured drop boxes and promotes vote by mail

  • Allows states to impose reasonable deadlines for receipt of ballots

  • Requires minimum notification of polling places changes

  • Sets forth accommodations for voting on Indian lands

  • Ensures “a fair and equitable waiting time for all voters in the state”

  • Provides funds to states to track absentee ballots and recruit and train poll workers

  • Restores voting rights for individuals with prior convictions

  • Funds study of voter rates and ranked-choice voting

  • Restores the Voting Rights Act



Election Finance:

  • Overhauls the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

  • Fortifies campaign finance rules to curb dark money, counter foreign interference in elections, and make it harder to sidestep campaign contribution limits

  • Closes legal loopholes by requiring all groups that spend significant sums on campaigns to disclose donors

  • Expands transparency requirements to apply to online campaign ads as those run on more traditional media

  • Outlaws partisan gerrymandering and imposes a uniform rules for how districts should be drawn

  • Requires states to prioritize protections for communities of color and keeping geographically concentrated communities with shared interests (often referred to as “communities of interest”) together

  • Requires states to use independent redistricting commissions to draw congressional maps

  • Mapdrawing must be conducted in open public meetings and subject to oversight

Ethics:

  • Sets forth ethics violations for the President, Vice President and other federal officers and employees

  • Restricts “Revolving Door” practices on employees moving into the private sector

  • Limits federal funds and contracting with businesses owned by certain government officials and employees

  • Requires divestiture of financial conflicts of interests of the President, Vice President and Cabinet members

  • Sets forth transition team ethics

  • Requires members of Congress to reimburse the Treasury for Settlements and awards under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995

  • Prohibits members of Congress from sitting on for-profit boards

  • Requires reporting of outside compensation of Congressional employees

  • Requires tax return disclosures for Vice Presidential and Presidential candidates


HR1 text:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text#toc-HCA780E53995B46BF9F8C08DBA5461D44


Analysis of HR1:

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/congress-must-pass-people-act#s2-sb

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