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H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019

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My Vote: YEA


For decades, voter turnout has hovered around 60% for Presidential elections [1]. On midterm elections, it has been even worse, usually below half [2]. For far too long, people have felt that their vote doesn't matter. That our country doesn't really work for them. Well, I want to change that, and this bill is a big step in that direction.


Makes Election Day a National Holiday:

For many people in this country, they cannot afford to take time off from work to go vote. Especially if the polling place is far away, or there are long lines because the number of polling places has been reduced. By making this a national holiday, perhaps not all, but far more people would have the opportunity to go vote and participate in our Democracy.


Lowers Voting Age to 16:

I do not believe it is right that at the age of 16 you can get a job and pay taxes, yet you cannot vote. If you pay taxes in this country, you should also be able to vote for your representation. Lowering the voting age to 16 promotes participation in our Democracy from an early age and will encourage the development of more and more responsible adults.


Federal Matching of Small Dollar Donations:

One of today's biggest challenges to our Democracy is the flood of corporate and special interest money. These groups spend millions of dollars every election cycle donating to politicians and running ads promoting their preferred candidate or attacking their competition. In the 2016 election, a total of roughly $6.5 billion was spent [3]. Whether our politicians want to admit it or not, this effectively buys their vote. They may not be holding literal meetings with their big money donors, but they end up self-censoring as to not upset their donors in hopes of getting future donations from those same people. Federal matching of small dollar donations will help us little folks amplify the candidates we really believe in and want to get elected.



[1] https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/random-samplings/2017/05/voting_in_america.html

[2] https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/04/behind-2018-united-states-midterm-election-turnout.html

[3] https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/04/election-2016-trump-fewer-donors-provided-more-of-the-cash/

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