Congressman Earl Blumenauer Applauds Passage of Historic Voting Reform Legislation

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today applauded the passage of H.R. 1, historic legislation to expand voting rights for all federal elections. H.R. 1 included provisions introduced by Blumenauer that have been adopted in Oregon, like vote by mail and automatic voter registration.


“This landmark legislation the House passed is a win for election reform, voting access and democracy as a whole, said Congressman Blumenauer.  “Automatic voter registration and vote by mail ballots were pioneered in Oregon. These innovations expand access to the ballot box, protect the integrity of our elections and will make it more accessible to all Americans. I’m proud they were included in H.R. 1.” 


“Oregon has long been the country’s leader on voter access and part of H.R. 1 celebrates the Oregon way: vote by mail, paper ballots, and automatic voter registration,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “Your vote is your voice and every eligible voter in America should have the opportunity to register to vote and cast their ballot free from barriers. In Oregon, we have the most modern, secure and efficient voting system in the country, and I’m thrilled our ideas are being exported nationally.  I applaud  the House for taking  action today to defend and expand democracy with the passage of H.R. 1.”


Samantha Gladu, Executive Director of The BUS Project Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to expanding voter access in Oregon, said, “The BUS led the effort to pass Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) at the DMV in 2015, and over 400,000 Oregonians have been registered to vote through this process since then. We want to do better, so we’re working to expand AVR to even more state agencies. We won’t stop until every eligible Oregonian has the opportunity to register to vote. We thank Congressman Blumenauer for bringing the Oregon model nationwide and continuing to fight for voting access, which is our country's greatest collective responsibility.”


H.R. 1 is the most significant democracy reform package in a generation. The legislation makes it easier to vote—regardless of income, ability, geography or race, ends the dominance of money in politics, and enacts tougher ethics standards to ensure that public officials actually work for the American people.