Protesters show support for voting rights during a rally against Texas legislators who are advancing a slew of new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021.
REUTERS/Mikala ComptonWith the Texas legislature poised to pass the measure during a special session later this year, voting rights advocates said the U.S. Congress needed to act on a Democratic-backed election reform bill to ensure lasting protections.
Reyna Walters-Morgan, the Democratic National Committee’s director of civic engagement and voter protection, said the Texas outcome was a “great example” of Democrats protecting voting rights by any means possible.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday he would bring the bill to a vote in the Senate in late June.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Vice President Kamala Harris would lead the administration’s efforts on voting rights and help push for the act’s passage.
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