Biden to mark ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting-rights order

Biden was set to announce the order during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of the 1965 incident known as "Bloody Sunday."

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‘The voting-rights bill includes provisions to restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.’

AP: President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access.

Biden will announce the order during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciously beaten by state troopers as they tried to march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama.

“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have it counted,” Biden says in a script of his recorded remarks to Sunday’s Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast.

Biden’s order includes several modest provisions. It directs federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and election information, calls on the heads of federal agencies to come up with plans to give federal employees time off to vote or volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers, and proscribes an overhaul of the government’s Vote.gov website, according to an administration official who briefed reporters.

Democrats are attempting to solidify support for House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process. It was approved Wednesday on a near party-line vote, 220-210.

Democrats say the bill will help stifle voter suppression attempts, while Republicans have cast the bill as unwanted federal interference in states’ authority to conduct their own elections.

The bill’s fate is far from certain in the closely divided Senate. Conservative groups have mounted a $5 million pressure campaign to try persuade moderate Senate Democrats to oppose rule changes needed to pass the measure.  read more…

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Jen Psaki said “””every “eligible” voter””” should be able to vote.
    Every “eligible” voter should be every citizen over the age of 18 and not incarcerated at the time of casting vote.
    It should be that simple, and voting stations/ballot boxes should be as numerous and easily accessed as post as convenience stores.
    Every voter should have a finger marked with non-removable ink after voting.
    If machines can’t be found to do an honest count, then do it by hand.
    Of course there would always be room for error, and fudging, but all things considered, that seems to me to be the overall more fair way to conduct an election.
    Fairness is what is wanted, right?

  2. Why do we need federal legislation to prevent voter suppression? Because, as Lindsey Graham said after the 2020 presidential election, “We have to do something about mail-in voting or Republicans will never win another election in the USA.” Mail-in voting has been legal since at least the US Civl War. It is the only way to vote in states like Colorado. It is the only way to overcome the traditional Republican voter suppression technique of not providing enough in-person polling stations in our major cities. That’s why Republicans are so pissed off about mail-in voting.