The House has passed three substantive bills to protect voting rights in the face of massive Republican voter-suppression efforts, including extreme partisan and racially-discriminatory redistricting schemes. Two of those bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, are supported by all 50 Democratic Senators. But Republicans have used the Senate filibuster rule to block even beginning formal debate on them.
As Grace Segers recently reported in The New Republic, Senate Democratic leadership is still committed to enacting voting rights legislation this year. The time is short and the stakes are high!
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*Thanks to Bruce Miller (proDA Steering Committee member) for drafting this article and the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus for select materials.