Dems plot last-ditch voting rights push as midterm clock ticks

Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate are scrambling to pull off separate but related legislative gambits before new voting districts are drawn across the country, but many are doubtful that either chamber’s plans will come to fruition. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hopes to persuade her caucus to approve some version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the next few weeks – a bill to restore federal preclearance powers on state voting laws, which might have a chance of passage in the Senate. Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer hopes he can unite Senate Democrats around a revised and less ambitious response to the For the People Act, which House Democrats sent to his chamber earlier this session.

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