State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) joined Democrats in opposing a Republican resolution that would urge Congress not to pass HR 1, the For the People Act, federal pro-voter legislation that would protect the freedom to vote, prevent billionaires from buying influence in elections, and make sure voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states.
“In an ideal world, lawmakers in Ohio and other states would work in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can do so easily. I appreciate the time, attention, and care that voters invest in making their choices known, and I support policies that ensure the process is fair, equal, and easy,” said Rep. Lightbody. "The more people who vote, the better. The policies under consideration by the US Congress in the For the People Act will improve the process, provide voters with more information about candidates for the highest offices, and encourage all registered voters to cast their ballots.”
The For the People Act contains a number pro-voter measures already working in states across the country, like same-day registration, automatic voter registration unless the voter opts out, expanded vote by mail, and accessible online voter registration. Democrats say these options would deliver safe and accessible elections and include more of us in making our voices heard.
House Democrats in Ohio have introduced a number of pro-voter bills in recent years, including legislation to expand access to secure ballot drop boxes, urge passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, create true automated voter registration, provide voters with paid return postage for mail ballots, and create a safe and accessible online system to request mail ballots, allow more than one early vote center per county and allow ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted.
In contrast, Republicans across the country have introduced over 350 bills restricting the right to vote this year, including in Ohio, where Republicans have pushed back against pro-voter policies and introduced House Bill 294, an anti-voter bill that would roll back ballot access and intentionally make the process more confusing for voters.