Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights – News Vibe24

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled new efforts to protect voting rights, as complaints from political rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to combat the efforts of many state lawmakers Republican leadership to restrict access to the vote.
    President Joe Biden met with political rights leaders in the West Wing, while Vice President Kamala Harris announced a new $ 25 million spending by the Democratic National Committee to support efforts to protect access to the vote before the midterm elections22.
    Biden and his team have repeatedly promised a major boost to voting rights as Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping reform bill last month. The president told reporters last week that he planned to “talk extensively” about voting rights and that he would “move forward on this issue”.
    So far, little talk has been made and no trip has been made, raising the frustration of those in his party who see the GOP repression of voting rights as a real threat to both Democrats and democracy.
    This pressure has only increased since a Supreme Court ruling limited minorities’ ability to challenge state laws that Democrats say discriminate under the Voting Rights Act. Biden has brought outside supporters for meetings in the White House and has consulted with advisers on the best strategy to combat the restrictive new laws.
    Thursday’s speech by Harris, in charge of leading the government’s response to the vote-challenging challenge, was expected to be the first in a series of events by her on the issue, and aides discussed a Biden speech probably just before next week, according to two White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss internal discussions in public.
    “This campaign is based on the belief that everyone’s vote matters – that your vote matters,” Harris said. “We want to help make sure your vote counts, because our democracy is stronger when everyone is involved.”
    Several states have introduced voting restrictions, and others are debating them, as Republicans have seized on former President Donald Trump’s false allegation of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election as a pretext for passing new legislation restricting access to the ballot.
    Democrats are nervous that the new laws could suppress turnout for next year’s midterm elections as the party tries to maintain very narrow margins in both chambers of Congress.
    “People, it ‘s never too early to defend your rights,” Harris said. “With these new laws that have been passed or are being tried, we have to start now to finish strong.”
    However, some Democrats and suffrage activists believe the White House did not start soon enough. A number on the left were disappointed, including Rep. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., who said in a recent interview that “the president must lead the way and be very vocal on this issue.”
    Democrats in Capitol Hill have already tried to respond with a sweeping vote and election bill joined by Senate Republicans to block. Most Republicans have also rejected a separate bill, the John Lewis Voting Promotion Act, which would restore parts of the voting law that had previously been weakened by the Supreme Court.
    These roadblocks have focused more on the Senate debate, which, if left in place, seems to provide insurmountable opposition to the pair of sweeping vote-reform reforms currently in Congress. Republicans were unanimous in their opposition, and would need to eliminate or at least modify the filibuster so that the accounts have a chance to pass. Moderate Democrats such as West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have so far expressed reluctance to change the Senate tradition.
    Although it does not give up hope for a legislative solution, the West Wing is focusing on other measures to protect the vote, including the legal means sought by the Justice Department and in individual states, according to officials. Emphasis will also be placed on boosting voter turnout, with assistants pointing to Democrats’ success in gaining votes last year at the height of the pandemic.
    Biden believes “voting is a fundamental right of the American people,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said this week. “He will use every lever at his disposal to support it.”
    Officials acknowledge, however, that voter turnout is always more difficult in a non-election year. Some frustrated aides, seeing the reality in the Senate, believe that much emphasis has been placed on federal legislation and believe that political and business groups can also play a role in combating voting restrictions, noting that the outcry in Georgia has helped submerge water. some proposed GOP projects.
    The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling last week upheld Arizona’s voting limits that a lower court had found discrimination under federal voting law. It was the Supreme Court’s second major decision in eight years that civil rights groups and liberal dissidents say they have weakened a civil rights law aimed at eliminating discrimination in voting.
    Many Republicans continue to question the outcome of the 2020 election, despite the lack of evidence of fraud. Elected Republican officials in some states have responded by imposing restrictions on early voting and postal ballots, as well as stricter voter recognition laws, prompting some liberals to urge Biden to do more.
    “We have overcome the point where we have lost faith that he will do it alone,” said Cliff Albright, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. “Where is the voting tour? People have already started calling it. This will escalate.”


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