Trump’s False Claims of Voter Fraud Inspire Flurry of Voting Restriction Bills
Georgia Democrats don’t have the numbers to stop the legislation from reaching Kemp’s desk. But Democratic legislators and outside groups are relying on public and corporate pressure to stop the provisions from becoming law. Litigation is another option. And Congress could also intervene by passing federal election reform legislation like H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which passed the House this month, and is awaiting Senate consideration, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was introduced in the Senate days after the civil rights icon’s death last year. In an interview Thursday morning on Sirius XM’s “The Joe Madison Show,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer committed to bringing voting rights legislation to the floor, noting that Democrats “owe” the “young, poor, rural and Black” voters in Georgia who helped the party win control of the Senate. “All these Republican legislators are making it harder for people of color, for poor people, for students, young people to vote,” Schumer said. “We have to undo that or we’ll lose the majority. So how are we going to undo that? Well, if we can get some bipartisan support, great, but if not, our caucus will meet and we will figure out how to get it done. Failure is not an option.