Rep. Susan Davis Opens 116th Congress with Introduction of Election Reform Bills
Emphasizing the importance of election reform, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) introduced her signature election reform bills as the 116th Congress convened. Davis re-introduced legislation to expand vote by mail opportunities and restore integrity to our election process.
“With many states curtailing voting rights, it’s time for the federal government to exercise its constitutional responsibility and ensure Americans’ access to the ballot box,” said Rep. Davis. “My bills would end arbitrary roadblocks to absentee voting and ensure those running our elections are free from conflict of interest. We have a responsibility to protect and strengthen our democracy for current and future generations.”
The Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act would end restrictions many states impose on a person’s ability to vote by mail, such as requiring a doctor’s note, the details of a religious obligation, latest pregnancy status or details of a vacation destination. Currently, 21 states restrict an eligible voters’ ability to vote by mail.
In 2010, the House passed the Election Integrity Act on a bipartisan vote of 296-129. The Senate failed to act on the bill before the end of the 111th Congress.
The first major piece of legislation House Democrats plan to bring to the floor is the For the People Act (H.R. 1) - which will include Davis’s election bills. H.R 1, which Davis is cosponsoring, will also strengthen campaign finance and ethics laws which are priorities for Davis as well.