For the People Act (HR.1/S.1) Unpacked

July 22, 2021
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET
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The For the People Act (H.R. 1/S.1) has received significant media attention and the partisan battles have been well-covered. Many Americans favor fair voting laws, access to voting for all, and campaign finance reform. Daniel I. Weiner and Edward B. Foley will discuss these issues and offer solutions to promote democracy. This event is organized by the Network for Responsible Public Policy.

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DANIEL I. WEINER serves as deputy director of the Brennan Center’s Election Reform Program, where he helps to lead the Center’s work on money in politics, election security, government ethics, and other democracy and rule of law issues. He is the author or co-author of several nationally-recognized reports, and also writes and comments regularly for media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, MSNBC, and NPR. He has provided policy advice and drafting assistance to lawmakers in Washington and across the country, and delivered testimony and briefings to Congress, state legislatures, and federal and state agencies. Weiner previously served as senior counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission, including during her term as chair of the Commission in 2013. In this role, Weiner assisted with managing the agency and advised the commissioner on a broad array of issues under the First Amendment, federal campaign finance law, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Before his service at the FEC, Weiner practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP. At Jenner, Weiner litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels, counseled a wide variety of regulatory clients, and maintained an active pro bono practice focused on LGBTQ+ rights.

EDWARD B. FOLEY holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University, where he also directs its election law program. He is a contributing opinion columnist for the Washington Post, and for the 2020 election season, he served as an NBC News election law analyst. His most current book, Presidential Elections and Majority Rule (Oxford University Press, 2020), excavates the long-forgotten philosophical premises of how the Electoral College is supposed to work, as revised by the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and then uses this historical analysis to provide a feasible basis for reform of state laws that would enable the Electoral College to operate according to majority-rule objectives it was designed to achieve. His book Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2016) was named Finalist for the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History and listed as one of 100 “must-read books about law and social justice”. As Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Project on Election Administration, Foley drafted Principles of Law: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes, which provides nonpartisan guidance for the resolution of election disputes. He has also co-authored Election Law and Litigation: The Judicial Regulation of Politics (Wolters Kluwer 2014).

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Network for Responsible Public Policy
The Academy of Political Science
The Puffin Foundation
The News Literacy Project
Bridge Alliance

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