The Georgia Republican Party Wants to Set Voting Rights Back Decades. Is Your State Next?
There has already been movement on this issue at the highest levels of government. The For The People Act (H.R.1), passed this month in the House of Representatives, would dramatically limit Republicans’ ability to wreak havoc on our democracy. So, too, would the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4), which would restore key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 struck down by the Supreme Court. The fate of H.R.1 will be determined in the U.S. Senate, where it would be foolish to count on any Republican support for expanding voting access. Republicans have been captured on video on several occasions admitting that they oppose increasing voting access because they realize that if more people vote, they will not be able to win future elections. Indeed, just last week a lawyer representing the Arizona Republican Party acknowledged this very argument out loud during Supreme Court hearings on a case involving voting rights. There is no escaping the fact that passing H.R.1 and H.R.4, as well as other policies such as an increase to the minimum wage, will require ending the filibuster, a relic of the Jim Crow era for which current Republicans seem overly nostalgic. At least two Senate Democrats oppose ending the filibuster — Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — and so far, President Joe Biden has done little more than express his disappointment over obstacles in the Senate. But if Biden is going to keep his promise to Black voters — “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours” — then he is going to have to do a lot more to end the filibuster than what he has shown.