Voting rights struggle leads Biden to support voting changes

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden plans to use a speech in Georgia on Tuesday to for the first time back up his support, behind the change. Senate Filtering Rules authorized action on suffrage law, calling it the time to choose “democracy over autocracy.” But some civil rights activists, claiming they are more interested in action than speech, say they plan to stay away.

Biden on Tuesday will pay tribute to past civil rights battles – visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the late Father Martin Luther King Jr. once stood in front of the podium and laid a wreath at the crypt of the King and his wife, Coretta Scott King – before moving on to the challenge Tuesday.

NewsNation will live stream Biden’s Tuesday afternoon comment above.

With Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As a deadline to pass voting legislation or consider amending the rules, Biden is expected to recall memories of the U.S. Capitol Riot a year ago in adjusting myself more strongly with effort.

Biden plans to tell his audience, “The next few days, when these bills are up for a vote, will mark a watershed in this country.”

“Shall we choose democracy over autocracy, light over darkness, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I won’t give in. I will not flinch,” he will say, according to prepared remarks. “I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies at home and abroad. And so the question is where will the institution of the US Senate stand? ”

A White House official, previewing the speech on condition of anonymity, said Biden would speak out in favor of changing Senate rules to ensure voting rights are protected – a strategy the party has sought. Democrats are looking for the president to embrace. LA Times reports Biden’s move underscores the pressure the president is facing from his base to do something about a Republican-backed state law restricting access to polls ahead of the midterm elections. term in November.

Some voting rights advocates planned to boycott the speech and instead spend the day working. Democracy Presidential candidate Stacey Abrams, known for his tireless work defending the right to vote, also skipped the event.

So far, Democrats have been unable to agree on potential changes to Senate rules to allow action on voting rights, despite months of separate negotiations. The Hill reports To change the rules, Democrats need complete unanimity from all 50 of their members, which they don’t have yet. Sens. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) All supported the majority claim to the legislation, while others, including Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Still has not taken the position.

Many Democrats say the rule change will only apply to constitutional rights-based issues like voting, but Republicans and others say it will certainly be extended to other statutes, reducing the group’s overall power, according to the New York Times.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed claims by some activists that Biden was not a strong enough supporter.

“I think we are going to argue about the notion that the president doesn’t act or speak up. He gave a series of speeches, he supported the right to vote being passed,” she said. “We understand the frustration of many supporters that this has not yet been passed into law. He would love to be able to sign this into law himself. ”

But laws have been passed in at least 19 states that make voting more difficult. Suffrage groups see the changes as a more sophisticated form of vote restrictions such as literacy tests and poll taxes once used to disenfranchise voters Black voters, now an important Democratic Party constituency.

And the Republicans behind Trump’s election misinformation are pushing their own efforts to influence future elections by installing sympathetic leaders in political positions. local electorate and support for the electorate some of whom participated in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol for a year. formerly.

Georgia is at the center of it all, one of the key battleground states in the 2020 election. As the ballots were being recounted, Trump told a top election official in the state that he wanted to be important. The organization “finds” enough votes to overturn its defeat. However, the state votes went to Biden, and both seats in the Senate went to Democrats.

Then, last year, the Republican governor signed a sweeping rewrite of the election rules that, among other things, gave the state Election Commission new powers to interfere in election offices. county elections and remove and replace local election officials. That has led to concerns that the Republican-controlled state board could exert more influence over the administration of elections, including certifying county results.

This story is evolving. Refresh to update.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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