When it returns from recess next week, the Senate will vote on whether to advance an updated version of the For the People Act (S.1). In order for the bill to move forward, at least 10 Republicans need to join their 50 Democratic colleagues in supporting action to safeguard voting rights, the foundation of our democracy. The original bill never made it to the floor because Republicans filibustered it.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), the driving force behind the new version of S. 1, said, “This compromise legislation makes it easier to vote by expanding voter access through early voting and vote by mail for those who are eligible and unable to vote in person. Additionally, the bill has been modified to include voter ID requirements that aim to strengthen the security of our elections without making it harder for Americans to vote.”
The Senate may also take up the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) to reverse dangerous, undemocratic trends flowing from Supreme Court rulings. The court invalidated the crucial “preclearance” provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder, decided in 2013, and further weakened the law just a few months ago in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee.
Email your senators and tell them to support S. 1 to strengthen our democracy and end voter suppression.