The For the People Act:
Talking points and resources you can use
to add greater detail to your letters
Key talking points to include in your letters/postcards
to congressional reps or letters to the editor
Americans deserve fair elections. Fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy.
- Every aspect of the voting process — from registration to casting a ballot — must be accessible to all voters.
- The more people who vote, the better. Democracy is a participatory system!
- All levels of government should strive to make voting easier for citizens, not harder.
- States should not be able to make voting more difficult for some groups of voters than others.
- Racial discrimination must not be permitted to play a part in voting rights.
- Redistricting should be conducted by fair, independent agencies, not by politicians who want to manipulate districts to their own advantage.
- Elected officials must represent the people of this country — not corporations and wealthy donors.
- The 2010 Citizens United SCOTUS decision gave corporations and the ultra-wealthy enormous power over our elections — and took power away from voters.
- Campaigns financed by the ultra-wealthy and corporations (1) encourages corruption, and (2) lets elected officials disregard the needs and values of their constituents.
- We must use all available legislative avenues to rein in corporate influence, and restore power to actual voters and constituents.
- Voters should choose their elected officials; elected officials shouldn't get to choose their voters!
- Partisan gerrymandering disenfranchises voters.
- Redistricting must be a fair, impartial, and transparent process, with clear criteria and independent citizen commissions.
- Our democracy depends on the citizens' ability to TRUST the outcome of an election.
- We must safeguard our elections from interference from outside parties, domestic or foreign.
- To guarantee secure elections, we must replace paperless voting systems, promote robust audits of election results, and conduct responsible oversight of election-system vendors.
- Citizens should be able to trust that leaders in all three branches of government care about democracy and will follow basic ethical guidelines.
- The previous administration’s flaunting of long-standing traditional ethical standards has demonstrated that ethical behaviors must be encoded into law.
- Tax returns must be disclosed; the Office of Government Ethics must be strengthened; conflict-of-interest rules must be strengthened; the revolving door between elected positions and lobbying must be stopped; and a code of ethics must be implemented for the Supreme Court.
Additional resources you can use for research
and to add greater detail to your letters
- Congress Must Pass the 'For the People Act' — from the Brennan Center For Justice
- Resources (scroll down to the section “What does the For the People Act (H.R. 1) do?") — from Declaration for American Democracy
- Talking Points: For the People Act — from the League of Women Voters
Senate Prioritizes Safeguarding Democracy by Designating For the People Act as First Senate Bill (S. 1) — from Common Cause
- Making Democracy Reform a Priority: the For the People Act and DC Statehood — from Indivisible