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Friday, June 18, 2021

Stacey Abrams on Thursday threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin's proposed revisions to congressional Democrats' expansive election and ethics reform bill, conferring him the endorsement of one of the nation's premier voting rights activists. ... "What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography," Abrams said.

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...In an interview on CNN, Abrams " a former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor who founded an organization to fight voter suppression -- said she "absolutely" could support the changes to the For the People Act that Manchin (D-W.Va.) outlined in a memo circulated among colleagues on Wednesday.

"What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography," Abrams said.

Abrams went on to describe the tenets of Manchin's proposal as "strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state, and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote."...



Will the GOP in the Senate continue their efforts to make it more difficult for those who typically do not vote for the GOP to vote? Or might they go with this compromise?


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-17 11:30 AM | Reply

Joe Manchin's sweeping new voting rights proposal, explained
www.vox.com

...The pivotal senator has released a potentially transformative plan to promote fair elections....

No voting rights bill will become law without Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) approval, at least in the current Congress. The conservative Democrat is the median vote in the Senate, and he's a frequent source of frustration for other members of his party. Earlier this month, Manchin came out against the For the People Act, a comprehensive voting rights bill backed by Democratic leadership, effectively killing any hope that the bill could become law during the current Congress.

But on Wednesday, Manchin did something unexpected: He released a long list of voting reforms that he does support, potentially scrambling the congressional debate over voting rights as the Senate prepares to vote on Democratic leaders' proposal.

Manchin's list includes many reforms drawn from the For the People Act as well as from a companion voting rights bill known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Significantly, Manchin endorsed banning partisan gerrymandering " a high priority for both small-d democrats and large-D Democrats, who want to prevent the GOP from seizing control of the House of Representatives with rigged congressional maps....


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-17 12:23 PM | Reply

Joe Manchin.

The Most powerful conservative in Congress.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-06-17 12:38 PM | Reply

Sen. Manchin proposes changes to Democrats' voting bill
www.ny1.com

...Abrams said she could also support Manchin's voter ID requirement, which many Democrats have said aim to disenfranchise minority voters.

"That's one of the fallacies of Republican talking points that have been deeply disturbing," she said. "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote."

Abrams said, however, that she rejects "restrictive voter identification designed to keep people out of the process."...


That's quite a statement coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-17 01:37 PM | Reply

Manchin is the leader of the Senate. Dems need his vote, and GOPers need him to save the filibuster. Use your power for good Mr. Manchin.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-17 02:02 PM | Reply

I'm with Abrams.

I also want the massive infrastructure bill to pass.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-06-17 03:29 PM | Reply

I will follow STacEY Abrams leaD ON VoTINg< SHE IS A LEADER woRTHy OF FOLLOWING>

#7 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-18 07:45 AM | Reply

Why not back the Democrat's plan, it will make folks on the left look reasonable, and when the Republican Party rejects it, part and parcel, they will look like yahoos. Well, more than they already do. The day that the Republican Party truly embraces and supports voting reform, including vote by mail in all elections federal and local, is the day that party starts to disappear.

#8 | Posted by Hughmass at 2021-06-18 08:04 AM | Reply

"Why not back the Democrat's plan, it will make folks on the left look reasonable, and when the Republican Party rejects it, part and parcel, they will look like yahoos."

Because it won't pass and voters who are prevented from voting will suffer unnecessarily. Get Manchin's compromise bill passed, win the 2022 elections and come back and pass the Dems bill much more easily.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-18 08:51 AM | Reply

Also, Stacey Abrams has led on voter rights, she has built the momentum to pass some sort of legislation to secure voters' rights, she has been the leader on this. She now says that she will support Manchin's compromise bill and that is good enough for me, I trust her judgement on this topic probably more than any other leader's opinion.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2021-06-18 08:54 AM | Reply

That's quite a statement coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.

Ms. Abrams concept of voter id is VERY different from republican's concept of voter id. Abrams does not require that the id be issued by the government. It could be a utility bill, credit card, library card, student id, etc. However, republicans want a government issued id i.e. driver's license, voter id card, gun license, etc.

McConnell has already stated that he can't imagine any republican voting for the Manchin's compromise. In any event, dems expect to put a bill (that I assume will include Manchin's changes) on the floor this coming Tuesday. Then we will see how much republican support it receives. If republicans were smart, they should sacrifice 10 senators to vote for the bill. Otherwise, Manchin will side with the other dems to do away with the filibuster and, if the filibuster falls, Katy bar the door because there will be a mad dash to pass the entirety of the Biden/democrat agenda before the year is out.

#11 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-06-18 10:15 AM | Reply

That's quite a statement coming from Ms Abrams, but it does not surprise me. Indeed, it reflects my opinion of voter ID requirements, an opinion I've stated repeatedly here on this august board.
#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

I share a similar opinion. And I like seeing Ms. Abrams make a public statement in support of voter ID, taking away one of the GOP's main arguments.

#12 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2021-06-18 01:33 PM | Reply

Smart people never let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Manchin has come most of the way to where the Dems are, this proposal includes the most critical features of HB1 and HB4. I thought his plan would have one or two carrots for the Left, but this is FULL of things that will make our democracy stronger. The GQP will filibuster this bill and the infrastructure bill which will hopefully convince him that bipartisanship is dead, and it was Moscow Mitch who killed it in the Senate. Then he can support modifications to the filibuster that will allow Dems to pass bills that are popular with the American people.

#13 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-06-19 02:36 PM | Reply

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