US President, Joe Biden Looks to Rally the Party on Voting Rights

President Biden looks to rally the party on voting rights
US President Joe Biden speaks at the US Capitol on January 6, 2022, to mark the anniversary of the a...

President Joe Biden will try to rally his party on Tuesday as the Democrats’ push to pass two voting rights bills in the Senate comes to a halt.

Since the 6th anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, the Democratic Party has shown a greater urgency in combating what they call Republican voter suppression.

 

Mr. Biden will use his speech to urge senators to vote in favor of the bills, calling it a “watershed moment” for the country.

 

The bill, however, is still in jeopardy due to opposition from two key senators.

 

According to voting rights advocates, the Biden administration has failed to match the urgency of the moment, and Georgia’s most prominent Democrat, Stacey Abrams, and others have chosen to skip the speech on Tuesday in protest.

 

In an excerpt from his speech, the president said, “I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” As a result, the question is: where will the United States Senate take a position?”

 

What are the opinions of the general public?

 

Jazmin Kay, a 24-year-old Democrat from New York, founded and leads the 18by.vote youth voting advocacy group. She applauds the president’s remarks on expanding voting rights, but she wants reform legislation passed by Congress.

 

She says, “We’re tired of the red tape that surrounds voting rights.” “We won’t be able to have a say in what our government does unless we have comprehensive voting rights reform. [Younger Americans’ enthusiasm is waning.”

 

Ryan Doucette, an Ohio Republican, is the Gen Z GOP’s chief of staff for young conservatives. He warns that the federal government’s “cookie-cutter” approach to electoral reform is “wildly misguided.”

 

He claims that “some outspoken Republicans falsely claim that elections are rife with fraud, while Democrats falsely claim that Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise voters of color.” “Every community in America faces voting rights challenges, and each challenge should be addressed through sound policy.”

 

Democrats will push for a vote next Monday to temporarily change Senate rules so that voting rights legislation can move forward despite Republican opposition.

 

Two centrist Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have stated that they will oppose the move.

 

Since the 2020 election, Republican-controlled states have tightened access and verification restrictions.

 

They claim that voter fraud is widespread, but there is little evidence to back up their claims.

 

Will the Democrats be able to pass voting-rights legislation?

 

Joe Biden is renewing his campaign for voting-rights legislation, but the odds of success haven’t changed much since the current set of proposals was introduced in January 2019.

 

The White House should be aware of the reasons. Democrats must either gain Republican support in the Senate or change the rules so that the Senate’s slim Democratic majority can pass the bill without Republican support. No matter how many speeches Mr. Biden gives, neither seems likely.

 

Mr. Biden’s trip to Georgia may simply be an attempt to appease disgruntled members of his own party’s base, who believe the president isn’t doing enough to promote what they see as the country’s – and their own party’s – most pressing issue. However, there does not appear to be a good chance of success there. Some well-known voting rights activists have dubbed the Atlanta event “too little, too late.”

 

Even Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a tireless advocate for Democratic reforms, will be absent due to “scheduling conflicts.”

 

Mr. Biden may call the upcoming vote-rights battle a “national turning point,” but the tide is currently turning against Democrats.

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