Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) was the lone Democrat to stand up to Nancy Pelosi and vote against the disastrous voting reform in H.R. 1.
According to Fox News:
Thompson, of Mississippi, joined with all Republicans late Wednesday to vote against the House Democrats’ top legislative priority, known as the For the People Act of 2021.
Thompson’s vote was surprising since he was a co-sponsor of the legislation along with the rest of the Democratic caucus. But Thompson said Thursday his constituents weren’t supportive of the election overhaul, so he stood with them rather than his colleagues.
“My constituents opposed the redistricting portion of the bill as well as the section on public finances,” Thompson said in a statement to Fox News. “I always listen and vote in the interest of my constituents.”
The legislation requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out the once-a-decade redrawing of congressional districts in an effort to avoid partisan gerrymandering. The bill also establishes a new public financing system for congressional and presidential elections to incentivize small-dollar donations.
Democrats are trying to claim the bill will empower minority communities while including provisions that would disproportionately affect them.
For example, a public match program is included where donations up to $200 will be matched 6:1. This would be paid for by a 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil penalties. Something that would disproportionately affect minority communities.