(Washington) Democratic Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday declared his opposition to sweeping electoral reform, effectively condemning in Congress the bill, which Joe Biden has vigorously defended in order to counter “unprecedented” attacks on the right to vote. African Americans vote.
The text, introduced by Democrats, would invalidate the 15 laws already adopted by Republican states since January that, according to its critics, restrict access to the polls by tightening electoral rules.
“I think this is the wrong bill to unite our country, and I don’t support it because I think it will divide us even more,” said the Fox centrist, who represents the conservative state of Washington in West Virginia.
Any electoral reform “must come from a union of Democrats and Republicans to move forward, or else we risk dividing and destroying” the country, the senator wrote earlier in his controversial stance, in a column in the Charleston Gazette Mail.
Joe Manchin meanwhile reiterated his strong opposition to repealing the rule requiring nearly all bills to have a procedural vote that requires 60 votes in the Senate.
Given the narrow majority of Democrats (50 out of 100 senators, plus Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote), and deep divisions between Democrats and Republicans, this rule risks derailing much of Joe Biden’s social agenda.
His economic reforms still have a chance, by a simple majority, thanks to an exception to this rule.
The electoral reform bill (People’s Law) was adopted in March in the House of Representatives without any Republican vote.
Among other things, it plans to expand the possibilities of registering on electoral rolls, including on polling day itself, and access to the polls by including pre-voting in law and mail.
Democratic President Joe Biden had promised 1he is June to fight “like the devil” for the passage of this text in Congress, denouncing “absolutely unprecedented” attacks against minority voting rights.