OWL ALERT MARCH 25, 2021
HR 1 VOTING RIGHTS RESTORATION ACT, ENDANGERED BY THE FILIBUSTER
SITUATION: . The critical stress test of any democracy is the ease with which its people are empowered to vote and participate in free and fair elections. It’s a promise enshrined in the Constitution that the United States has increasingly failed to deliver to its electorate. For several decades, American elections have averaged a turnout of 55.7%, a voter participation rate that lags behind most of the developed world. RanttMedia
HR 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement and limited voting hours.
Senator Feinstein has recently signaled her willingness to move to end the filibuster which is the ability of 40 senators to effectively block most bills from being put forward for a vote by the Senate. This would include the very important HR1 that concerns election standards and reforms. President Biden, who has supported the filibuster in the past, has also spoken against the practice recently.
Here is an article from the New York Times that explains how the two issues of voting rights and the filabuster are intertwined. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/us/politics/filibuster-democrats-voting-congress.html
ACTION: Do you think It is time to end the unfair practice of the filibuster in the Senate?
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|Sen. Chuck Schumer||202-224-6542||212-486-4430||https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck|
|Senator Alex Padilla||202 224-3553||415-981-9369||https://www.padilla.senate.gov/|
|Sen. Dianne Feinstein||202 224-3841||415 393-0707||https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me|
|Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina||202-224-5972||803-933-0112||Columbia, SC 29201|
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