It has been recently reported that dozens of Democrat lawmakers with the Congressional Black Caucus have urged the Justice Department to step up legal efforts to protect voting rights across the country, condemning what they claim are “anti-democratic” Republican efforts to restrict ballot access for voters of color.”These unabashedly racist and partisan attacks on our nation’s democratic principles must be forcefully condemned and expeditiously reversed,” the 41 members of the House of Representatives wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Monday.
Among the lawmakers who signed the letter were Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty and Representatives Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, James Clyburn, and Ayanna Pressley.
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“It is critical that you enforce every applicable law to ensure all citizens can vote,” they wrote in the letter. “No lawsuit is too trivial when it comes to the voting rights of citizens.”
President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats suffered twin legislative defeats last month in their push for new voting regulations in the run-up to this November’s mid-term elections that will determine control of Congress in 2023.
Senate Republicans had blocked the Democrats’ move to advance voting legislation toward passage. They had employed the decades old filibuster rule to stop the legislation, which requires the cooperation of at least 60 of the Senate’s 100 members to keep bills alive. The Senate is split 50-50.
Democrats have accused Republicans in various states of exploiting their majorities in state legislatures to craft electoral maps that diminish the clout of Black and other racial minority voters while maximizing the power of white voters.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in states around the country challenging congressional lines drawn as part of a once-a-decade cycle.