Politics Biden vows to work with Congress to 'refine' voting rights bill
Two Supreme Court cases could destroy what remains of the Voting Rights Act
A 6-3 Republican Court will hear one of the most aggressive attacks on voting rights since Jim Crow.These two DNC cases concern two Arizona laws that make it more difficult to vote. The first requires voting officials to discard in their entirety ballots cast in the wrong precinct, rather than just not counting votes for local candidates who the voter should not have been able to vote for. The second prohibits many forms of “ballot collection,” where a voter gives their absentee ballot to someone else and that person delivers that ballot to the election office.
President Biden early Thursday praised the House for passing a sprawling election reform and voting rights bill and said he will work with Congress to "refine and advance it," a tacit acknowledgement of the uphill climb the legislation faces in the Senate.
Biden in a statement touted the legislation, which mandates states to offer mail-in ballots and a minimum of 15 days of early voting, calls for online and same-day voter registration and provide more federal funding to prevent foreign meddling in elections. However, itlate Wednesday with no Republican support, a grave sign for its chances in an evenly split Senate where it will need to reach a 60-vote threshold.
Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy
All Americans have a shared interest in resuscitating the health of our democracy, and Congress has an opportunity to do just that by passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. © The Hill Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy The 2020 voter fraud conspiracy, which alleged that the 2020 election was not legitimately won by President Biden, has rightfully been called "the big lie." The truth is that the myth of voter fraud is an effective trope that has been used for decades to inhibit the political power of people of color.
"The right to vote is sacred and fundamental - it is the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring. This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy," Biden said.
"I look forward to working with Congress to refine and advance this important bill. And I look forward to signing it into law after it has passed through the legislative process, so that together we can strengthen and restore American democracy for the next election and all those to come."
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The For The People Act, better known as H.R. 1, has been a top priority for Democrats since the party retook the House in 2019. A version of the bill passed in 2020 by a 234-193 vote, though no Republicans supported it in the lower chamber and the legislation died in the Senate, which was then controlled by Republicans.
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday in a case that could further gut the Voting Rights Act and its protections for minority voters
In Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee, the Court will rule whether two Arizona voting restrictions violate Section 2 of the VRA.In the two lawsuits, Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party vs. DNC, which are being consolidated for Tuesday's arguments, the court will determine whether two Arizona voting restrictions violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Democrats were vocal about their eagerness to pass it again, saying it was crucial to try to move it forward with complete control in Washington and after former President Trump's repeated assertions that the election was "stolen" from him.
"In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy; a coordinated attempt to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the American people never before seen in our history; and a new wave of aggressive attacks on voting rights taking place in states across the country, I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021," said Biden on Thursday.
Republicans have lambasted the bill as a Democratic power grab, warning that the expansion of voting access could open the door to fraud.
"H.R. 1 would weaken the security of our elections and make it harder to protect against voter fraud," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday. "Voting is a right, not a mandate."
As Joe Biden Eyes Major Voting Reform, Georgia Republicans Roll Back Rights .
The state's Republican-led legislature has passed a bill to eliminate no-excuse absentee voting after 16 years.The House passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act by a vote of 220 to 210 on Thursday. The bill is named for the late Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congressman John Lewis.