Politics Kerry Washington backs For the People Act: 'Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted'
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Kerry Washington says lawmakers "need to be on the right side of history," urging Congress to support sweeping voting rights legislation dubbed the For the People Act.
"Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted when it comes to voter suppression," the former "Scandal" star tweeted to her more than 5 million followers on Monday.
"Tell them they need to be on the right side of history when this vote goes down, they need to vote YES," Washington, 44, wrote.
The legislation, known also as H.R. 1 and S.1, would require all states to offer mail-in ballots and automatic voter registration, as well as the implementation of new voting machines. It would also create an independent nonpartisan redistricting commission in an effort to get rid of partisan gerrymandering.
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In her tweet, Washington name-checked four senators and urged their constituents to "call out" the lawmakers: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Black and Brown voters are being specifically targeted when it comes to voter suppression. PLEASE.- kerry washington (@kerrywashington) . Tell them they need to be on the right side of history when this vote goes down, they need to vote YES. Your voices and your votes need to heard. ✊
Manchin said earlier month that he would vote against the bill, which would overhaul federal elections. His opposition put the future of the For the People Act in question in the evenly split Senate.
"I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening blinds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For The People Act," Manchin.
Washington, who starred in Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere," is one of Hollywood's most politically active performers. She hit the campaign trail for Joe Biden during the 2020 White House race and hosted the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention last August.
Hollywood goes all in for the For the People Act .
Hollywood is lining up behind a sweeping, Democratic-backed election reform bill, with some of the country's biggest stars using their platforms to make a last-minute push for the passage of the For the People Act.In recent days, scores of celebrities - from Kerry Washington, to Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, to John Legend - have been pulling out all the stops with high-profile moves, calling on Congress to pass H.R. 1 and S.1.The legislationIn recent days, scores of celebrities - from Kerry Washington, to Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, to John Legend - have been pulling out all the stops with high-profile moves, calling on Congress to pass H.R. 1 and S.1.