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March 7th, 2019
Rep. Grijalva Passes His First Amendment in New Congress to Respond to Voter Suppression Attempts in Arizona

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva offered an amendment to H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to protect Americans who vote by mail. The amendment would ensure voters are able to return their mail-in ballots to a polling place on Election Day. After the amendment passed, Rep. Grijalva issued the following statement:

“One of the tenants of H.R. 1 is to protect and strengthen voter rights, and my amendment does this for millions of Americans—including the more than 228,000 Arizonans who dropped off their mail-in ballot at a polling place on Election Day last November. Voting should be as easy as possible, and voting by mail is one of the most convenient ways for people to exercise their constitutional right. As some state legislatures across the country—including in Arizona—seek changes that will make it more cumbersome for people to vote, my amendment recognizes this constitutional right as the foundation of our democracy and makes it easier for voters to cast their ballot on Election Day.”

H.R. 1 is a historic democracy reform package that will promote clean and fair elections, end the dominance of big money in politics, and ensure that all elected officials—including the President and Vice President—are working for the public interest instead of special interests.

Click here to read the full text of Rep. Grijalva’s amendment.

Click here to watch Rep. Grijalva’s speech on the House floor.


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