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U.S. Congress will pass voting rights bills, Stacey Abrams says -Breaking


By Katanga Johnson and Merdie Nzanga

(Reuters] – Democratic politician Stacey Abrams thinks the U.S. Congress would pass two crucial bills that protect voting rights – even if her party has failed four times to bring forward voting rights legislation this year.

Although the Senate voted 51 to 49 last month in favor for the start of debate on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, it did not receive the required 60 votes due to a procedural block maneuver known as filibuster.

The Freedom to Vote Act has been repeatedly blocked by the party in a 50-50 Senate.

Speaking in an interview at the  Reuters Next conference released Wednesday, Abrams was optimistic about the legislation getting through.

She said, “I am still very optimistic on the possibility that we get these bills passed.” But that doesn’t mean we can stop talking about it. We must continue amplifying these laws’ true effects.”

A series of laws passed by Republican legislators across the nation this year have made voting more difficult, especially for those from marginalized areas.

Abrams sees these people as an obstacle to the Republican Party because they have voted in the wrong way.

Abrams explained, “The trouble is, these are inconvenient voter who showed in 2020 that not only did they vote at top of the ticket but that they also altered elections and affected outcomes across the country at all levels – federal, state, local.”

A voting rights activist condemned any attempt to restrict the voices of marginalized persons, regardless of their party.

She said, “Anyone who manipulates the system as their predicate must be disowned.” This should be forbidden.

Abrams said that it doesn’t matter who the voters choose to vote for. She said that voting is not about who you vote for, but how many people are allowed to.

If you disagree with the right to vote for every American, whether Republican or Independent,

If you don’t agree with our fundamental principle of democracy, then it is not your fault.”

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