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Protecting Democracy and the Right to Vote

American democracy exists because people vote and it is our job to make that process easy for every American. From my own personal experiences, I am painfully aware of how high the stakes are. My great-grandparents were forced to leave their families and flee Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, and my grandparents and parents lived under a repressive military dictatorship in Uruguay. As extremists work to erode American democracy, I refuse to be the fourth generation in my family to witness democracy crumble.

When elected to Congress, I will fight against restrictive voter ID laws that are designed to suppress the vote from underrepresented communities, protect early voting to ensure greater access to the polls, and combat political gerrymandering so that voters choose who represents them, not the other way around. I will support legislation to reform our campaign finance laws to ensure middle-class families are not drowned out by corporate money that corrupts our elections. And I will empower the Department of Justice to take action against any state that attempts to restrict the right to vote.

In Congress, I will:

  • COSPONSOR the For the People Act, expanding voter access and registration options, reforming campaign finance laws to limit the power of corporate interests, improving election security measures, and establishing independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting

  • COSPONSOR the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, establishing new criteria for determining which states must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices may take effect to ensure the DOJ can prevent states from committing voter suppression and denying marginalized communities their fair voice in elections

  • COSPONSOR the Freedom to Vote Act, expanding voter registration, making election day a federal holiday, preventing former-felon disenfranchisement, criminalizing voter obstruction, and setting new guardrails for campaign finance

  • SUPPORT the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, granting Washington, D.C. statehood, finally giving its citizens full  representation in Congress, and ensuring that the citizens and elected leaders of the District of Columbia have  full authority over local affairs, including crucial safety and security matters

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