Baltimore Sun: Cummings, Sarbanes talk election reform at town hall meeting

With a Democratic-led House of Representatives in place, voting rights and other anti-corruption measures are very much on Alan Cohen’s mind. That explains why he trekked down to the War Memorial building at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning to hear what two congressmen from the newly installed majority had to say.

“I’ve heard a lot about HR 1, and I’m excited about the whole idea,” said Cohen, a 61-year-old communications and outreach consultant living near Roland Park, of the first House bill introduced in the 116th Congress. “I’m really outraged that it’s so hard for people to vote in some states. I believe there should be equal voting across all states.”

Tagged the “For The People Act,” the bill, pushed by many Democrats during last year’s election campaigns, offers changes that would affect voting, political money, redistricting and ethics. And there to talk about it was the congressman who introduced it, John Sarbanes, along with Elijah Cummings, the new chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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