Elections Access and Voting Rights

"I support federal legislation to protect voting rights and outlaw Republican attempts to suppress votes especially for people of color, indigenous and other marginalized communities. I’m in full support and plan to co-sponsor the John Lewis Voting Rights Act"

Oregon led the nation in switching to all vote-by-mail (VBM) decades ago. I plan to sponsor legislation and work with the Oregon Congressional Delegation to make VBM national. It’s time working people, people of color, single parents, elderly, disabled and rural voters had equal access and time to vote. The truth is VBM is a more efficient and the most secure way of voting.

I support federal legislation to protect voting rights and outlaw Republican attempts to suppress votes especially for people of color, indigenous and other marginalized communities. I’m in full support and plan to co-sponsor the John Lewis Voting Rights Act which will:

  • Restore full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965;

  • Secures voting access to racial minorities, youth and elderly;

  • Creates a new system of tracking voting rights violations and enforcement mechanisms to enforce systematic voting rights violations used to discriminate against people of color;

  • Increases transparency by requiring public notice for voting changes;

  • Allows the Attorney General to provide federal election observers anywhere in the U.S. where there is a serious threat of racial discrimination or intimidation;

  • Requires multi-language voting information and materials for all elections, and

  • Outlaws certain kinds of voter rolls purging, used to eliminate voting rights of people of color, indigenous people, the poor and less active voters.

 

I will sponsor legislation to do away with voter ID requirements, used in some states as a tool to suppress voter turnout of racial and marginalized communities.

 

I also support Motor Voter laws to easily, automatically register voters when they obtain or update their driver’s license.