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Voting Rights

Our democracy is facing an existential crisis in the wake of the GOP's realization that its policies won’t win elections so suppressing (or overturning) the vote is the only way to do so. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. Voting needs to be more accessible and the principle of one person one vote must be protected. 


In the wake of the Big Lie and through bogus assertions of “voter fraud,” Republicans across the country are working to pass state-level laws that would empower partisan officials to change the results of elections without any proof. Dan believes we must pass federal laws to prevent partisan elected officials from overturning the will of the people. Only the courts should be permitted to adjudicate disputed election results. 


We must continue to push back against the lies Republicans are spreading about our elections. In Congress, Dan will call for an immediate congressional investigation into allegations of voter fraud to expose the Republican lie that widespread voter fraud exists. 


Dan supports the For the People Act because it would make voting more accessible by instituting automatic voter registration, no-excuse vote-by-mail, and early voting. Additionally, by banning partisan gerrymandering we can ensure Congressional redistricting is done in a fair and nonpartisan way. Dan also supports legislation to make Election Day a federal holiday.


Dan is fully supportive of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would help prevent discriminatory voting laws from being passed at the state level by reinstituting the preclearance requirement. In the aftermath of Shelby, voter suppression laws with a discriminatory impact have dramatically expanded around the country. This law would prevent such discriminatory voter suppression laws from being passed. 


Dan has long focused on voting rights, dating back to law school when, in 2005, he wrote a law review article on how felon disenfranchisement laws were the modern-day literacy test. If elected, Dan would champion the Democracy Restoration Act, which, among other things, restores the right to vote for previously incarcerated citizens.

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