The For the People Act

 In a true democracy it is the voters who choose their elected leaders, not the leaders who choose their voters. The passage of the For the People Act (S.1) will codify this principle by providing fair, safe, accessible voting for all. The vast differences in voting rules across states is confusing.  S.1 will eliminate this problem by establishing national standards for federal elections, a concept supported by a majority of Americans. The problems we faced in the last Congressional election would have been mitigated had S1 been the law.

The bill provides for on-line and automatic voter registration. If you choose not to be registered, you can opt-out.  Since States are required to share information, it will not be possible for voters to register more than once, or in another state. S.1 provides the needed monies to upgrade our voting systems.

46% of Americans voted by mail in the last election.  This bill expands vote by mail opportunities but matching signature requirements remain. S.1  provides for safe, secure, accessible drop boxes for federal elections.   Early voting is required for 2 weeks (including weekends) before elections.  Voter ID requirements remain but those who lack the specified ID would be able to vote upon completion of a sworn written statement attesting to their identity.

This bill reduces the need for candidates to fundraise by updating the 1976 program Ronald Reagan utilized.  No Tax dollars will be used. Funding will come from a surcharge on those in the top income bracket who violate the tax code.

Contact your Senators and members of the House and voice your support of the For the People Act.  America is the best it can be when every voter has an equitable opportunity to cast their ballots and participate in the key decisions that impact our lives

Katherine Wojciechowski

Oneida, NY 13421

Utica Phoenix Staff
Utica Phoenix Staff
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