Election Reforms: Senate Democrats Flag Revamped Voting Rights Bill

Election Reforms: Senate Democrats Flag Revamped Voting
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Revamped voting rights legislation was unveiled Tuesday by Senate Democrats eager to pass sweeping federal election reforms as the prospect of a GOP filibuster looms larger.

Called the Freedom to Vote Act, the proposed new bill was released by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), along with several co-sponsors, including Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Tim Kaine (Va.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Raphael Warnock (Ga.), according to a statement from Klobuchar’s office shared with The Hill.

The legislation was first reported Tuesday by NPR and CNN. It builds on a base proposed earlier this year by Manchin as well as the sweeping For the People Act, which was ultimately blocked by Senate Republicans back in June.

Democrats claim without evidence the new bill fights “racism” and “suppression.”

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (C) and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) (L) speak to the media following a U.S. Senate Rules Committee Georgia Field Hearing on the right to vote at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on July 19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

If passed, it would set national standards for states to follow as they administer elections.

Reuters reports the Democratic senators claimed their bill, dubbed the “Freedom to Vote Act,” would ensure all qualified voters can request mail-in ballots and have at least 15 days of early voting.

The legislation also would allow people to register to vote as late as election day.

Senate Republicans counter the sweeping federal voting rights legislation reforms remain a covert attempt to assert control over federal elections and nationalize the entire process.

“Following the 2020 elections in which more Americans voted than ever before, we have seen unprecedented attacks on our democracy in states across the country.” Klobuchar, chair of the Senate Rules Committee, said on Tuesday.

“These attacks demand an immediate federal response,” she added.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said a vote by the full Senate on the retooled bill could come as early as next week, the Reuters report added.

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