Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to push voting rights legislation to a key test vote in the Senate this week, exposing a conflict with Republicans who are obstructing national-level reforms and imposing new voting restrictions in key states.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to submit a vital government ethics reform and voting rights bill to the Senate for debate, but the prospect of its passage is very slim.
Since the Senate is divided equally between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, Schumer needs his own party and at least 10 Republicans to unite and vote with him. Republicans have made it clear that they are deeply opposed to the efforts of the Democratic Party, and even the White House seems to be preparing for failure.
“This is not the end of our efforts. This is the beginning in some ways. The president, the vice president and the government will do more to expand voting rights,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
“For the People Act”
Federal legislation called the “Act for the People” will require all U.S. states to implement automatic voter registration, provide mail-in voting, and deploy new voting machines.
Republicans not only opposed the measure, they also rejected a compromise proposal by the centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin told reporters at the U.S. Capitol last week: “I have been working with all Republicans, trying to make people understand that this is the cornerstone of our democracy-accessible, fair and basically safe voting.”
But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Manchin’s attempt to compromise “unacceptable” and “completely inappropriate” and said that “if this appears in the Senate, all Republicans will oppose it.”
Republicans claim that the Federal Voting Rights Act will make illegal voting easier, and Republican lawmakers in some states have passed it A new wave of voting restrictions After the 2020 general election, the turnout rate reached a record high.
Former President Donald Trump Continue to claim Although the court dismissed his fraud charges in key states on the grounds of insufficient evidence, the 2020 election was still stolen.
On June 20th, Democrats in Texas gathered at the State Capitol in Austin to protest the Republican Party’s push to enact new legislation to restrict voting rights in the state.
Leading Democrats in Texas are calling on Republicans to protect and expand voting rights instead of restricting them.
“They are trying to manipulate the system to stay in office for as long as possible, trying to suppress voting to make it harder-especially for black and brown communities in Texas to vote-and we will not let them, according to the Houston Chronicle According to the report, Julian Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is also the former mayor of San Antonio, speaking of Republicans.
At the end of May, Democratic lawmakers in Austin went on strike in a dramatic way to prevent Republicans in Texas from enacting legislation to prevent cities such as Houston from using 24-hour polling stations and drive-thru voting. These measures have expanded the electorate during the 2020 election. participate.
Texas Governor and Republican Greg Abbott promised to restore the legislation at a special meeting in September.
In Georgia, in the 2020 presidential election voted for President Joe Biden and elected two Democrats to the U.S. Senate, election officials are preparing to remove 100,000 people from Georgia’s list of registered voters.
“Ensuring that Georgia’s voter roll is up to date is the key to ensuring that our elections are fair,” Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravenspeg said in a statement on Friday.
According to Georgia’s “use it or lose it” law, the mass purge of voters is aimed at voters who have not participated in several elections or who may have moved out of the state. Voters whose names have been deleted can re-register if they qualify.
The removals accounted for 1.3% of the state’s 7.8 million registered voters, which is lower than the state’s 500,000 removals in 2017 and 300,000 removals in 2019.
Georgia’s Republican-controlled legislation enacted voting restrictions on March 18, prompting Strongly opposed From major Democrats and voting rights advocates, they sued in federal court to repeal the law.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, the top law enforcement official of the United States, announced the Department of Justice on June 11 Will review and challenge If Republicans restrict voting rights, they will propose and pass new Georgia laws and other laws.
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and the source of all other rights,” Garland said.