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NAACP Commends House Passage of For the People Act – H.R. 1 Election Reform Bill

March 8, 2019

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BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019)—The nation’s leading civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding today’s passage of groundbreaking election reform bill For the People Act/H.R. 1 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The For the People Act represents a powerful effort to reinforce the truest principles of our democracy and pushes back against the unfair ways in which the people have been placed at the periphery of power due to the overwhelming role big money plays in politics. H.R.1 increases accountability for elected officials, protects against voter suppression and expands access to the ballot box for all Americans. It’s a clear indication that when it comes to protecting the integrity of our vote, it is no longer business as usual.” —Jamal R. Watkins, NAACP Vice President of Civic Engagement