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Sun Jan 24, 2021, 04:59 AM

Democrats make federal election standards a top priority

Democrats plan to move quickly on one of the first bills of the new Congress, citing the need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy after a tumultuous postelection period and deadly riot at the Capitol.

States have long had disparate and contradictory rules for running elections. But the 2020 election, which featured pandemic-related changes to ease voting and then a flood of lawsuits by former President Donald Trump and his allies, underscored the differences from state to state: Mail-in ballots due on Election Day or just postmarked by then? Absentee voting allowed for all or just voters with an excuse? Same-day or advance-only registration?

Democrats, asserting constitutional authority to set the time, place and manner of federal elections, want national rules they say would make voting more uniform, accessible and fair across the nation. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought reforms that Republicans reject as federal overreach.

“We have just literally seen an attack on our own democracy,” said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, referring to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. “I cannot think of a more timely moment to start moving on democracy reform.”

Read more: https://dentonrc.com/ap/national/democrats-make-federal-election-standards-a-top-priority/article_4f1730d3-b3e0-5b62-b19b-41704903748a.html
(Denton Record-Chronicle)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 05:33 AM

1. HR1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act will fix a lot of the problems.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:49 AM

2. That is only going to happen if we jettison the filibuster.

Republicans know damn well that if we make it easy to vote, Republicans will lose. Voting reform is an existential threat to the GOP.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:54 AM

3. White supremacists fear democracy with reason. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 06:55 AM

4. Yup. The numbers are not on their side. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 09:23 AM

5. +1

Very true!

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