US Congress To Pass Voting Bills, Says Stacey Abrams


December 1 (Reuters) – Democratic politician Stacey Abrams is optimistic that the U.S. Congress will pass two key bills to protect voting rights – even though her party has already failed to push forward legislation on voting rights. voting rights four times this year.

Last month, the Senate voted 50-49 in favor of opening a debate on the “John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act“, but failed to secure the 60 votes needed in as part of a procedural blocking maneuver known as systematic obstruction.

The party has also repeatedly failed to advance the freedom to vote law in a 50-50 Senate.

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Speaking in an interview with the Reuters Next conference published on Wednesday, Abrams was optimistic about the passage of the legislation.

“I remain very optimistic about the possibility that we will pass these bills,” she said. “But that means we have to keep talking about it. And we have to keep amplifying the real effects of these laws.”

This year, Republican lawmakers across the country passed a series of local laws that made it more difficult for citizens to vote, especially marginalized communities.

Georgia Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams addresses supporters at a midterm election night in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States on November 7, 2018. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo

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For Abrams, these groups are a downside to the Republican Party because of the way they voted.

The catch is, these are troublesome voters who demonstrated in 2020 that not only would they vote at the top of the list, but they changed the elections and changed the results across the country at the federal, state and local, ”Abrams said. .

The voting rights activist condemned anyone who attempts to limit the voices of marginalized people, regardless of which party they support.

“Any party that uses the manipulation of the system, as its predicate, must be disowned,” she said. “We shouldn’t allow this.”

According to Abrams, it’s not about who people vote for. This is to ensure that everyone who has the right to vote has the opportunity, she said.

“If you’re a Republican, Independent, or Democrat who doesn’t believe every eligible American should be able to vote, then you don’t agree with the fundamental tenet of our democracy.”

Abrams spoke at the Reuters Next conference before tweeting later Wednesday that she is running again as governor of Georgia.

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Reporting by Katanga Johnson; written by Merdie Nzanga Editing by Nick Zieminski

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