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    Joe Biden pushes for voting rights law amid Republican opposition | World News - Times of India
    PHILADELPHIA: President Joe Biden, under pressure from U.S. civil rights leaders, said Tuesday that it was a “national imperative” to pass extensive suffrage legislation that has been stalled in Congress amid Republican opposition.
    Many Republican-controlled states have passed laws that either restrict voting or change the election rules following false claims by former Republican President Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by him because of widespread vote fraud.
    Biden’s voting rights bill is facing a tough battle in Congress, where his fellow Democrats have been ousted by Senate Republicans. Biden’s focus on the issue, even if the bill fails, allows him to garner support among Democratic voters as his party works to maintain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
    Speaking in Philadelphia, Biden slammed what he described as attempts to undermine voting rights, likening those efforts to previous laws that barred blacks and women from voting in the United States.
    “They want to make it so difficult … that they hope people will not vote at all. That is the point,” Biden said of those efforts.
    According to the Brennan Justice Center at New York University Law School, at least 17 states have enacted laws restricting access to the vote this year, and more are being considered.
    Biden’s party and civil rights groups opposed the vote, which critics say was aimed at black, Hispanic and younger voters who helped elect Democrats. Many Republicans have justified new restrictions as a means of combating voter fraud, a phenomenon that election experts say is rare in the United States.
    Senate Republicans block Democratic-backed voting bill that would expand pre-election voting opportunities, make some campaign contributions more transparent, and change the process of setting boundaries. regions of the House of Representatives. Republicans said the measure violates states’ power to set their own electoral laws.
    The Republican National Committee rejected Biden’s criticism.
    “After the Democrats failed to pass the federal takeover of our election … Biden continues his dishonest attacks on joint efforts for the integrity of the election,” RNC spokeswoman Daniel Alvarez said in a statement. “Republicans, meanwhile, are making state-led efforts to make voting easier and more difficult to defraud, and opinion polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support these laws.”
    Biden chose a heavy city with symbolism to make the speech. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both signed at the Independence Hall, a few steps away from the National Constitution Center, where he will make his remarks.
    According to the Brennan Justice Center at New York University Law School, at least 17 states have enacted laws restricting access to the vote this year, and more are being considered.
    Biden’s party and civil rights groups opposed the vote, which critics say was aimed at black, Hispanic and younger voters who helped elect Democrats. Many Republicans have justified new restrictions as a means of combating voter fraud, a phenomenon that election experts say is rare in the United States.

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