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Potter and Ayer: The parts of Manchin’s voting act you haven’t heard about

October 8, 2021

Note: this piece was originally published in The Hill, and was written by Checks & Balances members Trevor Potter and Donald Ayer. 

In September, a group of key Senate Democrats led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), introduced a serious commonsense piece of legislation aimed at making our electoral system work better in targeted ways that deserve bipartisan support.

The Freedom to Vote Act is a substantially pared down version of the initial For the People Act, including straightforward provisions in four critical areas: Voting rights, election security, redistricting and campaign finance. If passed, it would deliver a government that is more representative and accountable to the people.

So far, precious little attention has been paid to what exactly is in the bill, and how it would impact state laws that make voting harder for millions of Americans. It is time for people to focus on what is at stake, and on how the Freedom to Vote Act can address the most important election-related problems while leaving out some of the less essential baggage.

Continue reading at The Hill.