Congress has failed to pass critical legislation that supporters argue will tighten federal voting safeguards, as vital elections approaches. Democrats and election rights groups are anxious that time is running out to pass federal voting rights legislation in Congress before the November midterm elections.
“As long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all, I’m going to be fighting.”
“The honest to God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done,”
US President Joe Biden
Major legislation that supporters think would strengthen federal voting rights have failed to reach Congress, spite of significant lobbying efforts, a failed Democratic attempt to amend long-standing Senate rules, and Biden’s heartfelt appeal.
According to Poy Winichakul, a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, “The inability of Congress to pass legislation that’s updated for the 21st century is truly disappointing.”
He continued by saying, “We are going to see an onslaught of election law changes that will especially have severe negative impacts for voters of colour.”
No party believes the other is acting in good faith when it comes to electoral reform.
Conservatives say they’re worried about election fraud and want to make sure elections are fair. Democrats, on the other hand, accuse Republicans of deliberately making voting more difficult so that non-white people are disproportionately affected.