March 04, 2021

Congressman Neguse’s Pre-Registration Proposal Passes the House Alongside Landmark Democratic Reform Legislation

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s proposal to enact nationwide pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds passed the U.S. House of Representatives, alongside H.R. 1. H.R. 1, or the For the People Act, is a transformational anti-corruption and clean elections bill which will protect the right to vote, ensure the integrity of elections, hold elected officials accountable and end the era of big, special-interest money in our politics. In addition to Congressman Neguse’s pre-registration proposal, the bill also models several other Colorado voter accessibility measures, such as automatic voter registration, vote by mail and  same day registration.  

Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Neguse founded New Era Colorado which is the largest youth voter mobilization organization in the state. It was his work at New Era Colorado that inspired him to introduce The Next Generation Votes Act and bring Colorado’s success on making elections easy and accessible to the national stage. 

“Our country faces a raging pandemic, devastating job losses, a reckoning for racial equity and justice, a climate crisis and dysfunctional political system,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “To confront these enormous challenges, we must strengthen our democratic institutions and restore the public’s trust in our government. Colorado is the gold standard for efficient and accessible elections, and H.R. 1 would bring these democratic reforms to the entire country, and ensure accountability and transparency in our government.”  

The 2020 election underscored the urgent need for comprehensive, structural democracy reform. Americans across the country were forced to overcome rampant voter suppression, gerrymandering and a torrent of special-interest dark money just to exercise their right to vote in our democracy and make their voices heard.

H.R. 1 is the most comprehensive reform opportunity in a generation. It’s highlights include: 

  • Expanding automatic voter registration and same day registration; 
  • Strengthening vote by mail, early voting and ballot access; 
  • Combatting voter intimidation and voter suppression; 
  • Protecting elections from foreign interference; 
  • Fixing partisan gerrymandering; 
  • Promoting digital ad transparency; 
  • Forcing disclosure of dark money; 
  • Reining in lobbyist influence; and
  • Enforcing ethics and conflict of interest rules for government officials.