President Biden has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris with the efforts of the White House to pass the law on voting rights.
Vice President Harris said in a statement to PoliticusUSA:
Every American has the right to be heard at the ballot box, and no American should be prevented from voting early, mailing in the mail, or voting at all. Our democracy is strongest when everyone participates, and it is weaker when people are left out.
Throughout our nation's history, many have worked – and many have died – to ensure that all Americans can cast their votes and have their votes counted. Today that hard-won advance is under attack.
In the last election, more people voted than ever before. Since then, more than 380 bills have been passed across the country that would make it harder for Americans to vote. These bills aim to narrow down the options that make voting more convenient and accessible, including early voting and voting by mail. Our government will not stand by when it is faced with efforts to prevent Americans from voting.
We must protect the fundamental right of all Americans, regardless of where they live. There are two major bills in Congress that would do just that. The For the People Act would provide fair and accessible choices to all Americans, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would prevent discriminatory changes to electoral laws and procedures.
President Joe Biden asked me to lead our administration's efforts to protect the fundamental right to vote for all Americans. In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people and work with electoral groups, community organizations, and the private sector to strengthen and promote franchise efforts nationwide. And we will also be working with members of Congress to move these bills forward.
The work ahead is to make voting available to all American voters and to ensure that every vote is counted in a free, fair and transparent process. That is the work of democracy.
Vice President Harris has been a strong advocate for voting rights throughout her career, and her recent Senate past puts her in an excellent position to build consensus to pass a voting law.
Getting a voting bill through the Senate will be a big job, but if anyone can, it's VP Kamala Harris.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Director, White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association