Outrage Over Stalled US Voting Rights Bill Continues As Activists Say ���we Need Action��� ��� Live

There is furious reaction to stalled attempts to protect voting rights in the US with new laws at the federal level, in the face of determined and brazen efforts by some Republican-led states to suppress the scope to vote, in particular affecting Black voters in non-urban and/or low income communities.

US Senate Republicans once again blocked voting rights legislation yesterday.

My colleague Sam Levine writes:

The bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, would impose significant new guardrails on the American democratic process and amount to the most significant overhaul of US elections in a generation. It would require every state to automatically register voters at motor vehicle agencies, offer 15 consecutive days of early voting and allow anyone to request a mail-in ballot. It would also set new standards to ensure voters are not wrongfully removed from the voter rolls, protect election officials against partisan interference, and set out clear alternatives people who lack ID to vote can use at the polls.

Sherrilyn Ifill

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law professor and president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, responded on MSNBC. She said she was part of a non-partisan organization, but pointed out there was no getting away from the fact that “not a single Republican” in the Senate was prepared even to support debating the bill, let alone voting on it. And with filibuster rules requiring 60 Senate votes, Democrats in the 50-50 Senate were not able to advance the bill.

“[They were] unwilling to even have the conversation about expanding voter access, and we have seen in states like Florida and Georgia and Texas what is happening in terms of voter suppression laws that have been passed ... restrictive laws targeted at Black and brown voters over the objections of almost every Democrat in those legislatures.

That doesn’t change what it is...the reality of what we are dealing with is no different than the reality of what Black voters were dealing with in 1964 and we don’t look back at the great voting rights effort and the Selma march and say the Democrats were doing this or the Republicans were doing that, we look back and recognize that voter suppression was being perpetuated and advanced to keep fellow citizens from being able to vote and participate in the democratic process today.”

Ifill went on to say that some of the media finds it too convenient to talk about voting rights struggles now in partisan terms:

“And not to confront the racial discrimination that lies at the heart of it. But the voting Right Act talks about Black voters having the right to elect their candidate of choice, it doesn’t say who that candidate is or what party they belong to ... the maps that are being drawn ... voter suppression laws that are being passed are targeted very specifically at Black and brown voters and that’s the conversation we need to be having ... that is the sign that white supremacy still remains a critical flaw in our democracy ... it has come to take down our entire democracy.”

Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF)

#ICYMI, @Sifill_LDF joined @allinwithchris on @MSNBC to discuss the Freedom to Vote Act's failure to advance in the Senate and what is at stake for our democracy. pic.twitter.com/05QbvKk1G0

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