US Democrats Face Crucial Test on Electoral Reform | Donald Trump News
U.S. Congressional Democrats plan to push voting rights legislation to a crucial test vote in the Senate this week, exposing a clash with Republicans who block nationwide reforms and pass new voting restrictions in key states.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to bring a crucial government ethics reform and Senate voting rights bill for debate, but its prospects for passage are infinitesimal.
With the Senate split evenly between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, Schumer needs the unity of his own party and at least 10 Republicans to cross the aisle and vote with him. Republicans have made it clear that they are deeply opposed to the Democrats’ efforts, and even the White House appears to be bracing for failure.
“This is not the end of our efforts, it is sort of the beginning, and the president, vice president and administration will work harder to expand voting rights,” said Jen Psaki, associate. White House press. said Monday.
‘For the people’
Called For the People Act, federal legislation would require all states in the United States to implement automatic voter registration, offer postal voting, and deploy new voting machines.
Not only are Republicans opposed to the measure, but they have also rejected a compromise proposal developed by centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
“I have worked across the aisle with all Republicans to try and make people understand that this is the foundation of our democracy – accessible, fair and fundamentally secure voting,” Manchin told reporters. at the US Capitol last week.
But Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell called Manchin’s attempted compromise “unacceptable,” “totally inappropriate,” and said “all Republicans would oppose it, if it were to surface” in the Senate. .
Republicans say the federal voting rights bill would facilitate illegal voting, and Republican lawmakers in several states have passed a wave of new voting restrictions following the 2020 election that saw record turnout.
Former President Donald Trump continues to claim the 2020 election was stolen, even as courts have dismissed his fraud claims in key states for lack of evidence.
In Texas, on June 20, Democrats gathered outside the state capital in Austin to protest a Republican campaign to enact new legislation that would reduce access to voting in the state.
Leading Texas Democrats have called on Republicans to protect and expand voting rights, rather than restricting them.
“They’re trying to rig the system to stay in power for as long as they can, try to suppress the vote to make it harder – especially for black and brown communities to vote in Texas – and we’re not going to let them.” Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who is also a former mayor of San Antonio, said of Republicans, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.
In late May, a dramatic walkout by Democratic lawmakers in Austin prevented Republicans in Texas from passing legislation that would prevent cities like Houston from using 24-hour polling stations and drive-thru voting – measures that have broadened voter access in the 2020 elections.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, vowed to bring back the legislation in a special session in September.
In the state of Georgia, which voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election and elected two Democrats to the U.S. Senate, election officials are preparing to purge 100,000 from Georgia’s registered voters list.
“Ensuring that Georgia’s electoral rolls are up to date is essential to ensure the integrity of our elections,” Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement on Friday.
The massive voter purge targets voters under Georgian “use it or lose it” who did not participate in multiple elections or who may have left the state. Voters whose names are removed can re-register if they are eligible.
Suppressions represent 1.3% of the state’s 7.8 million registered voters, less than the 500,000 that were suppressed by the state in 2017 and 300,000 in 2019.
Georgia’s Republican-controlled law enacted voting restrictions on March 18, prompting a backlash from leading Democrats and voting rights advocates who sued in federal court to overturn the law.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, the top law enforcement official in the United States, announced on June 11 that the Justice Department would review and challenge Georgia’s new law and others proposed and passed by Republicans s ‘they restrict voting rights.
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights flow,” Garland said.