The ONLY WAY Democrats can pass the S1/HR1 anti-voter suppression bills will be if Joe Manchin agrees to eliminate the 60 vote filibuster.
Not one Republican Senator will vote for any Democrat election bill, especially since McConnell quickly told Manchin his bill is dead right now because not one Republican will vote for his bill.
Why would Stacey Abrams agree with and support Manchin’s version of S1/HR1 WITHOUT asking Manchin:
AND HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO PASS YOUR BILL? YOU CANNOT PASS YOUR BILL UNLESS YOU VOTE TO ELIMINATE THE 60 VOTE FILIBUSTER FIRST.
DOES THIS MEAN YOU SUPPORT ELIMINATING THE FILIBUSTER SO YOU CAN PASS YOUR BILL?
The 60 vote filibuster should be replaced with what our Founding Fathers intended for us to use: the 51 vote majority rule.
Joe Manchin’s version of S1/HR1 REMOVES the DOJ’s authority over these rogue, GOP state legislatures and their election shenanigans.
Joe Manchin’s version ALLOWS the GOP state legislature in each red state to literally overturn the election in favor of their Republican candidate.
GOP legislators have drafted and passed GOP bills which will likely result in the GOP stealing the vote in each GOP-controlled state.
Since Manchin and other moderate Democrats will not vote to eliminate the filibuster, how are Democrats going to stop the GOP from stealing the 2022 mid-term elections?
Democrat attorney Marc Elias has filed suit in over 40 states seeking to have the 400+ GOP voter suppression bills overturned.
That’s why we need U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct the DOJ to investigate and ajudicate the GOP nationwide conspiracy to violate the U.S. constitutional rights of voters.
“To meet the challenge of the current moment, we must re-dedicate the resources of the Department of Justice to a critical part of its original mission: enforcing federal law to protect the franchise for all eligible voters,” Garland said, noting a recent wave of legislation in several states that restrict voter access.
Garland said within the next 30 days, the department will double the enforcement staff of the civil rights unit, a powerful division within the agency that investigates hate crimes, police abuses and other civil rights violations.
We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access, and where we see violations of federal law, we will not hesitate to act,” Garland said. “We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices, in order to determine whether they discriminate against Black voters and other voters of color.”
The announcement comes in the middle of a national tug of war over voting rights, which is expected to be a key issue in the 2022 midterm elections. Republican state lawmakers across the country have proposed measures that would limit access to voting, while Democrats are pushing for sweeping legislation to expand voter access.
Garland said efforts to restrict voter access have relied on allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election that have been refuted by state and federal courts and intelligence agencies.
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Garland, along with Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, are expected to play pivotal roles in fulfilling President Joe Biden’s promise to restore voting rights.
Gupta and Clarke, both of whom were present during Garland’s speech Friday, are known figures in the civil rights arena in Washington, D.C. Clarke, specifically, has spent her career advancing voting rights, both as a Justice Department lawyer and an attorney for advocacy groups.
Contributing: Deborah Barfield Berry