Reps. Donald Norcross, Mikie Sherrill and Tom Malinowski lauded the House’s passage of a bill that would increase ballot access, limit dark money and pump up oversight of federal officials.
“I’ve always supported making voting easier, not harder – and it’s a good thing we finally have the opportunity to give more Americans the ability to have their voices heard, to implement campaign finance reform and to restore trust in our public institutions,” Norcross said.
The bill, which Republicans on the hill have attacked as a Democratic power grab, also institutes an automatic voter registration system similar to the one New Jersey enacted last year.
It’s unlikely the bill will be passed into law, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will keep it from reaching the Senate floor.
“This landmark bill will help strengthen our democracy. It addresses so many of the issues my community sent me to Washington to tackle, from access to the ballot box, to improving the very machinery of our democracy,” Sherrill said. “New Jersey consistently receives low marks from national election-security experts on our election infrastructure, and this bill gives our state access to grant money to improve and maintain those systems.”
The disclosure requirements the bill would place on dark money groups was a focus for Malinowski.
“I was proud to be one of the first original co-sponsors on H.R. 1. In my district, I have not met a single person, Republican or Democrat, who thinks it’s a good idea to let anonymous donors spend millions of untraceable dollars on political attack ads, or to have a campaign finance system so opaque that Russian oligarchs can easily channel money into it to influence our elections, or to allow blatantly partisan gerrymandering,” Malinowski said. “These are not partisan issues among the American people.