This Thursday, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) said he would make a vote for next Wednesday to start debate about a measure on election laws.
“We must not allow conservative states to double down on their subversive and regressive voting bills,” Schumer said in his letter. “The Freedom to Vote law will correct the ship of our democracy and create common sense standards for fair access to our democracy to every American.”
As The NY Times reported:
“In his letter, Schumer said that Dems would also keep their internal negotiations to get a final version of a large social safety net law that has been slowed by differences between liberals and moderates in the party over the costs and contents. He warned that concessions must be made to get a final vote.”
“To pass good legislation, we must put away our differences and find our common ground,” Schumer said. “As with any law of such historic importance, not all members will get everything he or she would like.”
Senate Dems will need ten GOP members to join them in voting for the election law in order to bypass the filibuster that the GOP will likely enforce.
Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) was part of the process with this law, but so far, he has not accepted the efforts to remove the filibuster – something most progressive members of the Democratic party wants to do.
“Senator Manchin has been having conversations with our GOP colleagues in hopes of pushing solutions in a bipartisan way to ensure all Americans have their voices heard,” Schumer said.
The legislation in focus is the Freedom to Vote Act, “which will increase voter access and help election integrity. The measure will also make Election Day a national holiday, require same-day registration at all polling areas by 2024 and ensure around 15 days of early voting for national elections,” according to NBC News.
The text of the bill says that it will “expand Americans’ access to voting locations and lower the influence of big money on politics, and for other reasons.”
According to the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP), “this law would also set national voting standards to help fight anti-democratic laws being passed by state legislatures.” CAP says that such laws “are usually aimed at disadvantaging underrepresented area, including people of color, as well as lower-income voters and those with disabilities.”
Liberal organizations and Dem lawmakers have either implied or said outright that election integrity laws passed in red states are racist.
Author: Blake Ambrose