Voting reform will save us from ‘sleeping over a volcano’
Grounded by Jon Tester
That’s why the “For the People Act” (H.R.1/S.1) is such an important idea. This comprehensive legislation in Congress would get dark money out of politics and reform voting rights to modernize and secure our elections. The bill fixes our nation’s broken campaign finance system and puts an end to pay-for-play politics by shining a light on dark money, cleaning up the way campaigns are financed, bolstering ethics laws, and closing loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents.
Tester is one of the sponsors of the “The For the People Act.” Americans turned out in record numbers to vote last year, and far too many had to jump through hoops just to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The “For the People Act” eliminates needless barriers for qualified citizens to register to vote, while setting standardized guidelines for early and absentee voting. It modernizes the registration process, and it provides states funding and equipment they need to protect our elections from fraud, theft, bad actors and politicians who want to become dictators.
Montanans from across the political spectrum support bringing greater transparency to our elections. Voting should be easy for everyone who’s qualified, regardless of party affiliation.
Tester has a long history of fighting for government accountability, free and fair elections, and ending the influence of dark money in politics. The “For the People Act,” like so many other things in Montana’s rich history of rejecting bad ideas, is plain common sense. Let’s wake up to it before this volcano blows.
Aaron Murphy, Tester’s former chief of staff, is the co-writer of “Grounded: A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America,” published in 2020. He is also the former executive director of Montana Conservation Voters.
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