WASHINGTON - Today the League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following statement following President Biden’s remarks on voting rights:
“We applaud President Biden for elevating the need for the For the People Act and we urge him to use the full weight of the presidency to see this bill become law.
“Our democracy is in crisis. Since the 2020 election, we have seen new barriers to voting and continued attacks on our democracy in the forms of anti-voter laws and dangerous disinformation. These deliberate barriers to voting disproportionately target voters who are Black, brown, female, and young.
“President Biden quoted the late Congressman John Lewis in his speech, saying, ‘Democracy is not a state. It is an act.’ The League agrees that now is the time to act. Now is the time for the White House and Congress to take immediate action to pass both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, bills that partner to protect our voting rights.
“We call on President Biden and Vice President Harris to bring senators together and protect our freedom to vote.”
CONTACT: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | [email protected]
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