House Democrats pass H.R. 1 election overhaul bill with public financing, automatic voter registration

The House passed Democrats’ massive election reform bill, the “For the People Act” on Wednesday in wake of lingering bitterness over the 2020 election and Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Republicans warned that the legislation amounts to a federal takeover of the election system that will create opportunities for fraud, while Democrats say that the longtime wishlist of reforms would expand voting access and reduce the influence of money in elections.

Democrats previously passed a version of H.R. 1 — the bill number saved to signify a top priority of the majority party — in the last Congress in 2019, but it never got
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