The U.S. House of Representatives voted 234-193 on Friday in favor of the For the People Act of 2019 — a sweeping democracy reform bill. The measure, also known as H.R. 1, was introduced by House Democrats in January and marks the first time in decades Congress has made comprehensive elections reform a priority.
Democracy North Carolina executive Director Tomas Lopez applauded the historic vote.
“The For the People Act would address on the national level many of the reforms Democracy North Carolina has worked hard to address in North Carolina: expanding voting rights, addressing gerrymandering, fixing campaign financing rules, and strengthening election ethics,” said Lopez. “These are precisely the types of proven reforms that could not only help build political power for historically-marginalized voters, but could also only restore the nation’s faith in our democracy as we move into a high-profile presidential election year. We applaud the House’s sweeping action, and encourage the Senate to follow suit.”