Restoring Our Democracy

The most powerful office in our country has always been, and must continue to be, that of the citizen. Today, however, the corrupt influence of money in our democracy, along with efforts to suppress voting, are drowning out the voices of the American people and destroying faith in our government. When a few individuals and giant corporations can spend hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our elections and pushing their personal agendas, they overpower the interests of everyday people. Everyday people are further silenced when they are stripped of their most fundamental right—the right to vote. Without it, we are powerless to exercise any other right our Constitution guarantees. This issue is personal to me: I am a voting rights attorney who has seen the negative impact of voter suppression firsthand. These practices must end. The voices of North Texans must be heard, and our government must return to working for the people that elect them—not the powerful special interests that fund their campaigns.  

In Congress, I will work to:

  • Restore the Voting Rights Act: One of my first priorities in Congress will be to restore the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act triggered a wave of new voter suppression laws that have had a clear impact on voter turnout. I will work to pass legislation reinstating and modernizing the Voting Rights Act.  


  • Make Election Day a national holiday and set a national standard for early voting: We should honor and respect this fundamental act of citizenship by declaring Election Day a national holiday and setting a national standard of at least 20 days of early voting before a federal election.


  • Refuse corporate PAC money: I have pledged not to accept any corporate PAC money. In Congress, I will be a voice for North Texans, not donors or corporate special interests. Unlike my opponent, who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations, I pledge to represent North Texas families.


  • Overturn Citizens United: I will support legislative efforts, including a constitutional amendment, to overturn Citizens United. This Supreme Court ruling has been used to corrupt our politics with a flood of money from corporations and special interests. In order to reverse the undue influence of money in politics, we must put power back into the hands of the people.


  • Pass the Disclose Act: The Disclose Act has been introduced several times in Congress since 2010. The Act is a response to Citizens United opening the floodgates to special interest money in our elections and would ban corporations with more than 20% foreign ownership from contributing to campaigns, while increasing transparency for large organizations making political ads.


  • Enact Automatic voter registration at the age of 18: Every American should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18.


  • Restore voting rights for the formerly incarcerated: 4.7 million formerly incarcerated Americans have been stripped of the right to vote by discriminatory state laws across the country. This must end. In Congress, I will support efforts like the Democracy Restoration Act to restore voting rights in federal elections to those who have paid their debts to society.


  • Eliminate partisan gerrymandering: Voters should pick their representatives—not the other way around. In Congress, I will continue to focus on this issue and encourage Texas, and all other states, to adopt non-partisan redistricting.  

  • Eliminate unreasonable and discriminatory voter ID laws: Under the pretext of fighting nonexistent, in-person “voter fraud,” these laws disenfranchise the most vulnerable voters. Congress should fight these efforts to restrict the vote by eliminating discriminatory voter ID laws.   


Paid for by Colin Allred for Congress

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Dallas, TX 75360
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