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Democrats in the Senate are eager to pass a new voting bill, but Republican opposition could derail it. The bill is being called the For the People Act by Democrats. It would automatically register voters, expand early voting, affect campaign finance and curb partisan gerrymandering, among other things. The bill takes aim at recently passed laws in state legislatures designed to halt voter fraud. In opposing remarks in the Senate Rules Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell presented differing opinions on the important bill. “Republican legislatures have seized on the big lie to restrict the franchise, and inevitably make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, students and the working poor to vote,” Schumer said. “Here in the 21st century, we are witnessing an attempt at the greatest contraction of voting rights since the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow.” On the contrary, the measures passed in states such as Georgia show legislatures’ concerns about voting security and were not passed to suppress voters, as Schumer implies.

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