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The whole idea is that we want everyone to vote!

We The People.

One person, one vote.

We're all in this together.

Those are three different ways of saying that in a democracy, every single voice matters.

And yet, too many Republican politicians are trying to block the ballot box, restrict the right to vote, and deny democracy itself.

Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Michigan. State legislators are passing all sorts of creative and dastardly restrictions on voter registration itself — from punitive ID requirements, to voter file purges, to absentee voting restrictions, and more.

These efforts are just wrong. The whole idea of democracy is that we want everyone to vote.

That's why progressive leaders in Oregon and elsewhere have taken the lead on voter registration, expanding automatic voter registration, letting 16- and 17-year-olds register in advance, allowing for online voter registration, making it easier to stay registered when you move, and pushing registration deadlines closer to election day.

This doesn't have to be hard. The more people that vote, the more voices are heard, and the better democracy works for all of us.

The For the People Act takes aim at all these obstacles to registering and voting, restores voting rights, and more.

It's urgent that we get this done right now.

We're working hard to demonstrate support to wavering Senators. Will you sign our petition to support expanded voter registration? Your support is critical.

Every citizen deserves an equal voice in the issues that affect us all — from the cost of health care, to taking on climate chaos, to creating good-paying jobs, improving schools, and bringing justice to policing.

This is just another reason why the For the People Act is so, so essential. And why I'm organizing each day to build the grassroots movement for its passage. Please help us get it done!


Posted on May 21, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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