2019-1-7

Rep. McEachin Cosponsors Democratic Priority H.R. 1 – ‘For the People Act’

H.R. 1 includes language derived from Rep. McEachin’s ‘Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018’ and ‘Election Day Holiday Act’

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) proudly co-sponsored H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019” – a Democratic legislative priority that includes voter protection and access language derived from two bills he co-introduced in the 115th Congress.

H.R. 1 includes voter protection language derived from Rep. McEachin's “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018,” co-introduced with Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10), and voter access language derived from “Election Day Holiday Act,” co-introduced with Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18).

“No person should be deceived as they seek to cast their vote in an election, and all those who wish to vote should have the time they need to do just that. Our democracy depends on the involvement of our citizens, and the right to vote is the most basic form of participation,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Democrats are and have been committed to making it easier for the American people to exercise their right to vote. Just this past November, we saw well-documented election fraud in a North Carolina congressional race. We must pass federal legislation that will ensure security and integrity in our elections and make it easier for Americans to participate in our democracy.”

Congressman McEachin is proud to see language from his bills included in the sweeping package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms to be passed in the Democratic-led House of Representatives.

Background:

As introduced in the 115th Congress, the “Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2018” (H. R. 6607) aims to prohibit disinformation regarding elections—including disinformation about political endorsements or an individual’s eligibility to vote—and it would forbid intentional efforts to “hinder, interfere with, or prevent another person from voting, registering to vote, or aiding another person to vote or register to vote.” Violators would face a fine of up to $100,000, a prison sentence of up to 5 years, or both. The bill would also empower the Attorney General to take corrective action in the face of disinformation campaigns, and it would enable those affected by such campaigns to seek preventive relief in federal court.

As introduced in the 115th Congress, the “Election Day Holiday Act” (H. R. 6880) would require the federal government to treat Election Day as a holiday and urge private employers to do the same.

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Food and Toy Distribution A Success

On December 21, 2018 a distribution of toys, food and gift cards were given out to approximately 125 needy families in Emporia. The event was sponsored by Pastor Lori Hovey from WorldCare Relief Ministry in conjunction with Food Lion, Toys for Tots, The Emporia Social Services Department and many businesses from the Williamsburg, Virginia area.

Over 700 pounds of food including turkeys were distributed along with toys and 25 Food Lion gift cards. The event was held at the Emporia Food Lion and volunteers from the store and the Department of Social Services assisted pastor Lori Hovey to help make the event a great success.

    

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