‘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.’
The legacy of Selma is that while nothing can stop free people from exercising their most sacred power as citizens, there are those who will do anything they can to take that power away. As we reflect on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we must stay focused on the work ahead. pic.twitter.com/DDn1LFfqmi
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 7, 2021
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.
Near-fatal beating of John Lewis, Bloody Sunday, Selma, today 1965: pic.twitter.com/rbyZYit0QI
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) March 7, 2021
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. https://t.co/O5HOH0Nj2R
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 7, 2021
“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.
On March 7 1965 John Lewis brutally beaten marching for voting rights on Bloody Sunday in Selma
56 years later Republicans have introduced 253 new voter suppression laws in 43 states
This is why we need to pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act & For the People Act pic.twitter.com/oarNnaBfeJ
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 7, 2021
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.
Fifty-six years after Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet over. There are more steps to be taken, more bridges to be crossed. And that’s why the Obama Presidential Center is designed to honor the giants who carried us and inspire the next generation to lead us forward. pic.twitter.com/0ac3aWgCY0
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 7, 2021
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.
This weekend marks 56 years since civil rights marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers on a day now known as "Bloody Sunday." One notable voice will be missing from the annual commemoration, John Lewis. https://t.co/OtbgPv7rkg
— NPR (@NPR) March 6, 2021
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.
This year’s #BloodySunday commemoration is the first without civil rights legends Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Bruce Boynton, who all passed away in 2020.
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) March 7, 2021
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…