As we uplift our democracy and civic engagement demands, Changemakers scored the #forthepeopleact that would address voter access, campaign finance, ethics and election security.
Although this bill scored relatively low based on our criteria, we recognize the urgency to pass this legislation now to protect our democracy.
High Impact Question:
Does it shift power, decision-making, and/or resources to youth and young adults?
H.R.1 explicitly acknowledges the barriers young people face throughout the voting process and presents solutions to youth voter suppression, including automatic voter registration for eligible voters, on-campus voting at higher education institutions, and grants for eligible states that conduct a plan to engage young voters. Uplifting young voters creates a shift in power and decision-making.
Is it youth-led?
While the bill does outline the importance of youth voters, it is not specifically youth-led.
Does it dismantle institutions and systems that have become complacent?
H.R.1 addresses voter access, campaign finance, ethics, and election security. Provisions are aimed towards increasing voter participation through protective practices, yet operated within the current institutions in place.
Is it youth-centered?
While specific sections of the bill are youth-focused, the bill itself is not youth-centered.
Does it address immediate needs?
Provisions outlined in H.R.1 are not immediate but will make a lasting impact.
Does it build momentum towards systems change?
H.R.1 will increase voter access while promoting election integrity and will build momentum towards electoral systems change by allowing more people to participate and share their visions for future systems change.
Does it transform the system rather than reform it?
H.R.1 reforms the electoral system in ways that may lead to system transformation, but the bill itself does not transform current systems.
Does it support young people’s liberation?
While the bill supports young voters by expanding voter access, which will increase their political influence, it does not directly support young people’s liberation.
Does it set youth up for success?
In addition to the expansion of voter access that will set youth up for success, the bill will provide grants to states that encourage the involvement of young people in election activities. This includes making modifications to school curriculum to promote civic engagement, which will promote youth success.
Does it center healing?
H.R.1 does not include healing for populations or communities who have historically been disenfranchised.
Is it community-driven?
The bill was not driven by communities.
Does it address many different areas that impact young people’s lives?
H.R.1 does not specifically address the different areas that impact young people’s lives.
Does it address long-term thriving?
Expanding voter access among young people, especially young people with marginalized identities, will promote long-term thriving.
Does it ensure that none of our priority populations are left out?
H.R.1 uplifts all eligible voters within our priority populations, however does not support the rights of undocumented individuals.
Does it shift narratives around youth and young adults?
The bill shifts the narrative around young voters, who are often not regarded when addressing voter suppression and are thought of to be politically inactive.
Does it recognize that young people hold more than one identity at the same time?
H.R.1 links voter suppression tactics against young people to those based on race and other marginalized identities, recognizing the various identities that young people hold.
Does it recognize that we all deserve great things for our communities?
H.R.1 recognizes the impact of voter suppression on communities across the U.S., particularly marginalized communities, and acknowledges that these communities deserve great things through the provisions that support an ethical and secure electoral system. However, undocumented inviduals are removed from these rights.
Does it benefit at least one priority population?
The bill uplifts our priority populations, specifically those with marginalized identities who experience voter suppression at increasing rates.