The Freedom to Vote Act resulted from bipartisan and bicameral negotiations, prioritizing fair voting access by enacting federal guideposts that prohibit gerrymandering and manipulation. The bill includes many of the important provisions that were also in the For the People Act and, together with the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, would be the most comprehensive democracy reform law enacted in decades.

In the 117th Congress, S.274 was introduced by Democratic Senators including Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

ACTION REQUEST: 

TALKING POINTS: 

  • Every American needs to have their vote counted and voice heard. The Freedom to Vote Act creates national voting standards to protect the right to vote and prohibits discriminatory voting practices states have been enacting which intentionally reduce voting power in communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Our country needs a fully functioning democracy where all voices can be heard, not just those of the wealthy and powerful. The Freedom to Vote Act puts in place commonsense campaign finance reforms, levelling the playing field and giving all Americans a chance to raise their voices and be heard by their representatives 
  • Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. The Freedom to Vote Act eliminates extreme partisan and racially motivated gerrymandering for congressional districts. This bill would halt altering voting districts to erode or consolidate opinions and instead represent voters fairly.