March 08, 2019

Luján Voting Initiative Approved by House

This week, an initiative to increase voter participation and bolster election security, authored by Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, was unanimously accepted by the House of Representatives.

Based on language in Luján’s Voting Innovation Prize Act, the provision expands election infrastructure grants to promote voter participation, secure our elections, and increase funding for efforts to engage all parts of our society in our democracy.

“Our democracy is at its best when all voices are heard. Unfortunately, whether due to long lines, antiquated voting systems, or restrictive voter laws, too many Americans face too many obstacles to participating in our elections. And, in the lead up to the 2016 election, we saw our election infrastructure come under unprecedented attack by foreign powers,” said Luján. “As attacks on our election systems from outside forces continue, and the right to vote is repeatedly undermined by discriminatory voting laws, we run the risk of the American public losing faith in our elections. By increasing our investments in election infrastructure and engaging America’s innovative spirit, we can strengthen our democracy, increase voter participation, and secure our elections.”

Luján’s legislation was included as an amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping reform package passed by the House of Representatives today that will restore transparency in our government, reduce the role of dark money in politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.

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