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Urge senators to preserve voting rights with federal legislation

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.

20 responses to “Urge senators to preserve voting rights with federal legislation

  1. Having lived in Western Washington previously, I am appalled that in Eastern Washington, there is rarely a Democratic candidate to support. I am stuck with voting for the “just say no” crowd—who believe that doing nothing to improve the lives of their constituents is actually governing.

  2. One person one vote.
    The cheating must end.
    The intimidation, fraud, corruption, greed, and lies are strangling our country

  3. The right to vote is crucial to our democratic republic. Every citizen should be able to vote without roadblocks put in place by individual states. Example: The number of polling place should be the same across every state to match the population in each district.

  4. I support denial of Republicans’ voting rights. Last November, the GOP candidate for Oregon attorney general got around 860,000 votes. This candidate, Michael Cross, has no law degree. He was arrested for felonies, twice. He got one of them reduced to a misdemeanor. His primary job is a truck driver, but calls himself a business owner. Clearly, the average Republican voter isn’t very bright. How about making registered Republicans pass an IQ test before they can vote?

  5. Some bills recently introduced in state legislatures would allow a partisan legislature to reverse the result of a popular election, with just spurious allegations of “fraud,” which are without evidence. This kind of thing has to be stopped. It’s not a “states rights” issue. It IS a voter issue. Either you want American citizens to vote, and have that vote counted, or you don’t. In addition, some states, like Wisconsin have their districts so rigged by gerrymandering that their House Representatives and state legislators hold a 62% majority for one party from well under 1/2 (46%) of the vote. Either you want a democratic republic, as this nation was supposed to be and is currently not, or you want some other kind of nation. And I don’t know what that could be, if you’re an American patriot.

  6. The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy, and we must end voter suppression before the next election or we will truly have a “stolen” election.

  7. The cornerstone of a democracy is the right to vote. There is absolutely not any valid reason to suppress anyone’s vote. It is an embarrassment that our country has come to this.

    1. Are ‘Taliban Taitors(R)’ a new kind of Republican potato home fries? Marty, it would be good to stay ‘on topic.’ Citizens who are registered to vote should have convenient access to polling places or vote by mail. Keep your pants up, Marty, use Depends or just stay out of the cemetery.

  8. I fear that the misinformation provided by the printing organization in Texas that supposedly agreed to provide Biden support products is a sign of the potential continuation of negative behavior that will keep our voting rights ignored.

  9. Is this 2021??? How did one, inept, self-serving, misogynist, lying cheat criminal con, etc.
    make so many repubs so hateful, racist, self-serving, and “anti-Democracy” opportunists . Disappointing, shameful, and inhumane.

  10. There was no credible evidence of voter fraud that would have truly precipitated the passing of SO many laws to make voting harder in our demoratic Republic. The elections of 2020 were certified by Republicans and Democratic SOS in all fifty states. There is no reason whatsoever to create obstacles to voting. Especially after seeing how slanted the attempts to overturn the elections were. Primarily in Democrat-leaning districts. Just how deep will you let the corruption of the Republican lawmakes go before gaining the courage to step up and say, “NO MORE.” Work for the people first. Create an honorable platform.

  11. The Republican Legislatures across the US have initiated voters suppression laws in order that our country will follow their religious, political, health, economic, and communication beliefs! They also want a way to always win if an election doesn’t go their way! In this country, people have many DIFFERENT religions or no religion, they have many different social beliefs, political understandings…why do all of us have to believe one way…the religious rights way! They are not the majority and need to be stopped! Vote fir S.1

  12. ITS A SHAME HOW REPUGLICNTS CHEAT TO WIN IN ALL ASPECS OF POLITICS. TEXASS JUST GETS WORSE. REPUBLICAN VOTERS DON’T SEEM TO MIND THE OPPRESSION OF POC AND THE POORER PEOPLE WHO ALSO HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE BY MAIL OR HOWEVER THEY CHOOSE. THEY JUST TURN THEIR ‘WHITE’ DENIAL OF THIS ACTION AND CONTINUE ON THEIR BLINDS WAYS. I AM ASHAMED TO BE CALLED ‘TEXAN’…

    1. Thank you for speaking out re the negative behaviors of some Texans. I was very disappointed in fall, 2020. I repeatedly tried to obtain signs to support president Biden from the printing office that was used in Texas. My items were promised to arrive several days prior to the election. But didn’t arrive until weeks AFTER the election had past.

  13. We need to stop trying to make it difficult to vote. Voting rights were fought so hard for by minorities and women, whom many have given their lives for. We are all tax paying citizens in the US therefore voting should be as easy as paying your bills, with many convenient options. If people are willing to stand in hot or cold weather or need to send in their vote it should be allowed. Clean up what’s needed but make it accessible for all people to vote!

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