Even though her party has failed to advance voting rights legislation four times this year, Democratic Congresswoman Stacey Abrams is optimistic that the US Congress will approve two critical laws to preserve voting rights. The Senate voted 50-49 to begin a discussion on “the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” last month but fell short of the 60 votes required to avoid a procedural block known as a filibuster.
In a 50-50 Senate, the party has also failed to move the Freedom to Vote Act.
Abrams expressed optimism about the bill’s passage in an interview released Wednesday at the Reuters Next conference.
“I’m still quite optimistic about our chances of passing these bills,” she remarked. “But it means we’ll have to keep discussing it. We also need to keep emphasizing the real-world consequences of these rules.” Republican politicians around the country have approved a slew of local legislation this year that make it more difficult for people, particularly those from marginalized groups, to vote.
These groups, according to Abrams, are an annoyance to the Republican Party because of how they voted.
“The difficulty is that these are inconvenient voters who proved in 2020 that they would not just vote at the top of the ticket, but that they would impact elections and results across the country at the federal, state, and local levels,” Abrams added.
Regardless of whose political party they favor, the voting rights activist blasted anybody who attempted to silence disadvantaged people’s voices.
“Any political party that exploits system manipulation as a predicate should be shunned,” she stated. “That is something we should not accept.” It is not a question of who people vote for, according to Abrams. It’s about ensuring that everyone who is qualified to vote has the opportunity to do so, she explained.
“If you are a Republican, Independent, or Democrat who believes that every eligible American should have the opportunity to vote,
Then you disagree with our democracy’s core assumption.”