With the passage of H.R. 1, the House of Representatives just approved one of the boldest election and campaign reform bills in decades. H.R. 1, also called the “For the People Act,” has been heralded as a sweeping anti-corruption and pro-democracy bill. With provisions to boost youth civic engagement, enact Automatic Voter Registration, Election Day registration, and a small-dollar campaign finance system, H.R. 1 has the potential to transform who gets a say in our democracy.
Yet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already come out in opposition to the Senate companion bill. With voters under 35 set to make up 37 percent of the electorate, but facing a mountain of barriers to voting, I have an idea why McConnell might be opposed to this bill: He’s afraid of young people voting.
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Brent J. Cohen
Vice President, Youth Engagement; Executive Director, Generation Progress