Biden calls on Congress to restore Voting Rights Act, signs orders to help expand access

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a bipartisan gathering connected crab authorities successful the Oval Office astatine the White House successful Washington, March 3, 2021.

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President Joe Biden connected Sunday signed an enforcement bid aimed astatine helping to guarantee each Americans person the close to ballot by expanding entree to elector registration services and information.

Biden besides called for Congress to reconstruct the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into instrumentality successful 1965 pursuing a convulsive protestation successful Selma, Alabama, that near immoderate participants injured.

The precocious Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who was 1 of the activists starring the march, suffered a fractured skull. Lewis passed distant past year.

Biden's enforcement bid coincides with the 56th day of that protest, known arsenic Bloody Sunday.

"Today, connected the day of Bloody Sunday, I americium signing an enforcement bid to marque it easier for eligible voters to registry to ballot and amended entree to voting," Biden said successful prepared remarks.

"Every eligible elector should beryllium capable to ballot and person that ballot counted. If you person the champion ideas, you person thing to hide. Let the radical vote."

Biden's enforcement bid is an "initial step," according to the White House. The president plans to enactment with Congress to reconstruct the Voting Rights Act, which eliminated discriminatory practices specified arsenic requiring literacy tests successful bid to vote.

"I besides impulse Congress to afloat reconstruct the Voting Rights Act, named successful John Lewis' honor," Biden said.

In 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated a cardinal plank of the act which required 9 states with a past of discrimination, mostly successful the south, to person national support to alteration their predetermination laws.

Rep. John Lewis successful Selma, Alabama.,on Feb. 14, 2015.

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Biden besides plans to enactment with lawmakers to walk the For the People Act that was passed by the House past week, which includes further reforms to marque voting "equitable and accessible."

"This is simply a landmark portion of authorities that is urgently needed to support the close to vote, the integrity of our elections, and to repair and fortify our democracy," Biden said.

Biden's enforcement bid aims to instrumentality archetypal steps toward making the polls much accessible to Black and different number voters, including Native Americans and radical with disabilities.

It besides calls for initiatives to amended entree to voting for national employees, progressive work subject and different voters overseas, and Americans successful national prison.

The enforcement bid directs national agencies to summation voters' entree to registration and accusation connected elections online, arsenic good arsenic done much regular organisation of ballot by message and elector registration applications.

The enforcement bid besides calls for national agencies to amended coordinate with authorities governments connected elector registration, arsenic good arsenic for updating the website Vote.gov.

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