Congressman Al Green Passes Amendment to the For the People Act of 2019 to Help Young People Register to Vote

Mar 7, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) - On Thursday, March 7, 2019, Congressman Al Green passed an amendment to H.R. 1 before the House Committee on Rules:

“The For the People Act of 2019 tackles a broad spectrum of issues affecting politics and society as a whole, including voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics. In the 2016 presidential election and 2018 midterm election, the need for effective and thorough legislation that addresses these issues became increasingly apparent. Voter suppression tactics were rampant in various parts of the country, and since the election, we have seen efforts to disenfranchise lawful voters in states including Texas which I proudly represent.

“To aid in the fight against these issues, I have presented an amendment to H.R. 1 that would improve accessibility for young Americans to register and exercise their right to vote. My amendment would provide funds to assist eligible high school seniors in registering to vote. This is what a participatory democracy looks like. It would not only encourage the next generation to vote but also make voter registration easier to access. This amendment has received support from the highly reputable and well-respected Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and I thank my colleagues for their support to ensure that young people will have greater access to the ballot box. It is my hope that this will enhance voter participation by energizing the next generation of voters.”