From: The Honorable Eliot L. Engel
Sent By:
lewis.kaminski@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.J.Res. 28
Date: 1/23/2017

Restore, Expand, and Secure American Elections
Cosponsor an Omnibus Voting Rights Amendment to the Constiutiton

America works best when everybody has a say in the process. Our history has been marked by the gradual expansion of voting rights – the 15th Amendment in 1870, the 19th Amendment in 1920, the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Each of these steps strengthened our
democracy and made our society freer, stronger, and more open.

But in recent years, we’ve heard more and more voices calling for voting to be harder instead of easier. Billionaires give unlimited, anonymous contributions to influence our campaigns. Incumbent officials draw district lines that let them choose their voters
instead of the other way around. States demand voter ID, then shut the DMV offices that hand out that ID. And – twice in the last sixteen years – the person who got fewer votes in the Presidential election won the Presidency.

We must address all of these issues – the Electoral College, campaign finance, working people unable to miss work to vote, and more. So I have drafted an omnibus amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will accomplish all of these goals at once. It has eight
sections:

Section 1 – Abolition of the Electoral College
Section 2 – Ballot Access and the Constitutionalization of the Voting Rights Act
Section 3 – Foreign Influence, Campaign Finance, and Citizens United
Section 4 – Gerrymandering
Section 5 – Automatic Federal Voter Registration
Section 6 – Making Election Day a National Holiday
Section 7 – Congressional Enforcement Authority
Section 8 – Two-Year Effective Date

All of these steps are required if our elections are going to be as safe, open, and fair as they can be. For a section-by-section breakdown of the amendment, or to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact Lewis Kaminski (lewis.kaminski@mail.house.gov) in my
office.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
Member of Congress