Starting the Conversation on the For the People Act

Voting and election laws are igniting one of the biggest political battles of 2021. In response to the 2020 election, many states are enacting new laws around voting and voter registration. A sweeping bill currently in Congress calls for changes to voter registration and access, election security, campaign finance, ethics reform, and redistricting.

Click below to get an overview of the For the People Act and the pros and cons of this bold democracy reform.

So Here’s the Question

At your next gathering or in a group chat, use these questions to spark a discussion:

  • Should U.S. voting laws be federalized? Why or why not?
  • Does it make sense to have a uniformed process for voting? Why or why not?
  • Is it better to do one big sweeping bill like this or introduce several smaller bills that have a better chance of support?
  • What are the top three most important pieces of this legislation to you? Why?
  • Would you consider this a power grab and, if so, who’s grabbing it – the states or the feds?
  • What has your voting experience been? What effect would this legislation have on you?
  • How do you feel about the fact that the bill got out of the House mostly along party lines?
  • What are tangible ways to encourage bipartisan cooperation around our country’s voting laws? What is hindering cooperation most and what might help?

Something to Consider

Here’s a taste of what people are saying either supporting or opposing the For the People Act. We’ve intentionally left out the commenters’ names so you can focus on the viewpoint itself, not the speaker’s affiliations.

You can simultaneously make elections fair and secure while giving voters options that work for them.”

Our democracy is not in crisis and we are not going to let one party take over our democracy under the false pretense of saving it.”

Pushing through legislation of this magnitude on a partisan basis may garner short-term benefits, but will only exacerbate the distrust that millions of Americans harbor against the U.S. government.”

Number one, I don’t think it has a realistic shot; number two, I don’t think it’s the only thing that could be done.”

The 2020 election underscored the need for comprehensive, structural democracy reform.”

This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy."

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