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Senate Rules Changes To Protect Voting Rights Are Long Overdue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2022

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WASHINGTON Today, Fair Elections Center Vice President Rebekah Caruthers, released the following statement on the U.S. Senate taking up rule changes to pass federal voting rights legislation:

“Changing the Senate’s filibuster rules in order to pass national voting rights protections is long overdue. In 2021, we witnessed an onslaught of attacks on voting rights in our country, despite an overwhelming majority of Americans across party lines supporting national voting rights protections and reform. As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made clear in Georgia, the only way to ensure a fair and free American democracy is to eliminate the filibuster and pass both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

“To be clear, neither the U.S. Constitution nor the original rules of the Senate require more than a majority vote to adopt legislation. Yet the filibuster, a tool deeply rooted in white supremacy, continues to enable a minority of elected officials to block widely supported advancements for social and political equality. We must fully seize the opportunity of having America’s first Black woman Vice President lead our administration’s work on voting rights to truly protect marginalized Americans’ basic rights. To do so, we need our elected officials in the Senate to immediately combat these severe assaults on voting rights.”

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