Democrats working on three tracks in response to Senate voting rights defeat


Now that Republican Senators have rejected the possibility of debating the For the People Act in its current form, Democrats are regrouping to advance alternative approaches to reforming voting policy. The compromise bill outlined by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is likely to take fuller form while Senate Democrats plan to host hearings on voting rights in states like Georgia, where restrictive laws have recently passed. Georgian Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) are also working on a bill to protect election officials from partisan interference. Additionally, Congressional Democrats are redoubling their efforts to pass a bill named for civil rights icon John Lewis; this last bill would restore enforcement mechanisms to the Voting Rights Act which were struck down in 2013.


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