Dems Are Preparing for a Long Battle to Enact Voting Rights Legislation, Saying, “We Haven’t Even Started.”
With just a few months before the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats are scrambling to defend the right to vote.
Leaders of the Democratic Party say they haven’t used all of their tools yet, but most people say they haven’t tried hard enough yet.
Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, made headlines on Tuesday night’s “The ReidOut” when he said that the Democratic Party may put voting rights legislation to the Senate regardless of Republican opposition.
According to Booker, if their plans are thwarted this week, Democrats are contemplating a piecemeal approach:
In no way, shape, or form will anything be decided by a vote on Wednesday. Earlier morning, Senator Schumer and I spoke on the phone. In the beginning, we haven’t even started.
We have a far broader range of options available to us. In order to make it more difficult for them to vote against these common-sense measures that people on both sides of the political divide favour, let’s bring up each component of this plan one by one…. We will not relinquish the struggle. It’s a slap in the face of our forefathers.
Voting to demonstrate how deeply entrenched GOP obstructionism is is looking more and more like the final arrow in Democrats’ quiver, as I wrote yesterday. As long as the cost is broken up into manageable chunks, Booker’s strategy might work.
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Some states with histories of voter suppression should be required to get federal approval before enacting new voting restrictions, according to polls conducted by the voting rights nonprofit Fair Fight.
Surveys conducted at the state level, which were released in August, found strong support for Democratic voting rights legislation’s provisions to avoid polling place closures, lengthy waits at polling sites, and political gerrymandering.
However, despite conservative opposition, Democrats may make that opposition as unpleasant as possible for Republicans by enacting voting rights legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated on Tuesday that “Senate Democrats are under no notion that we face challenging odds.” We don’t just slip a topic off the table and say, “Never mind,” when this chamber faces a matter this significant – one that is so crucial to our nation, to our beliefs, and to the survival of our democracy.