Larson Urges Passage of the Freedom to Vote Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) urged the Senate to heed the call of an overwhelming majority of Americans and move forward with the Freedom to Vote Act. Coupled with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, this historic legislation will ensure every American has equal freedom to make their voices and vote heard in our democracy. Larson is the former Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform.
“The right to vote is essential to any democracy,” said Larson. “The Freedom to Vote Act will set basic national standards for voting, stop partisan gerrymandering and ensure that the American people – not dark money groups – decide elections and the issues facing our country. Together with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will restore critical protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, we can finally realize the promise of democracy for all Americans.”
Larson continued: “I urge my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation and ensure a democracy that works for all Americans.”
Key provisions of the Freedom to Vote Act include:
- Expanding automatic voter registration and same-day registration;
- Strengthening vote by mail, early voting and ballot access;
- Establishing Election Day as a national holiday;
- Stopping partisan election subversion;
- Ending partisan gerrymandering;
- Promoting digital ad transparency;
- Forcing disclosure of dark money; and
- Establishing a self-sustaining democracy fund to support investments in state-led innovations around campaign finance, civic education and voting infrastructure.