Biden to speak in Atlanta next week on the urgency of passing voting rights bills

The president will be joined by Vice President Harris, who has been the government's main point of contact on voting rights

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Next week, President Biden will make a presentation in Atlanta emphasizing the importance of implementing voting rights legislation as Senate Republicans delay legislation and GOP-led states push to put new constraints on voting rights.

According to the White House, Biden will address the need

To safeguard the constitutional right and the credibility of our votes from unscrupulous efforts to remove law-abiding citizens’ fundamental liberties and permit partisan state officials to disrupt vote-counting procedures.

President Joe Biden will be joined in Atlanta by Vice President Harris, who has been the government’s main point of contact on voting rights.

Since assuming office, Democratic politicians and liberal groups have pressed Biden to put voting privileges first, highlighting fears that Republican-controlled legislatures around the country have tried repeatedly to pass harsher restrictive legislation.

Georgia’s GOP-led legislature approved a bill last year that, among other things, lowers the number of voting drop boxes and reduces the timeframe for voters to receive mail ballots.

Biden won Georgia by a razor-thin margin in 2020, and the state is essential to Democrats’ electoral prospects this year, with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) up for reelection and Stacey Abrams, who has pushed to improve voter turnout, running for office again.

Republicans in the state assembly have pushed ahead with the legislation, reinforcing ex-president Donald Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread election rigging in 2020.

Two bills in the United States Senate—the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act—are stuck in committee because Republicans are practically united in their opposition.

The John Lewis bill intends to give the Justice Department and federal courts the authority to review state election laws—in some cases before they go into effect—and restore provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that have been struck down by the Supreme Court in a series of decisions since 2013.

The other bill would make voting more efficient by implementing national minimum requirements for early voting and vote-by-mail along with declaring Election Day a public holiday.


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