President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will picket different event thursday to focus democratic efforts To combat voter suppression and protect voting rights nationwide, Democratic officials told CNN.
According to a committee official, Harris will announce the expansion of the Democratic National Committee’s “I Will Vote” campaign with an event in the Washington, D.C., area. According to a White House adviser, Biden will meet privately with several civil rights groups and talk about his efforts to protect voting rights.
Separate events come amid Republican efforts pass restrictive voting rights laws across the country.
Harris, tasked by the White House to lead its effort to advance the right to voteThe DNC official said she would focus her remarks on why the entire Democratic Party should fight voter suppression. She will also be made the honorary chair of the DNC’s “I Will Vote” program.
The advisor said the Biden meeting will include representatives from the NAACP, the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, NCNW, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The president is personally “revolted” by Republican efforts to tighten election laws in response to the 2020 election.
At a White House event in June to commemorate Juneteenth, Biden said, “We see this attack fueled by restrictive laws, intimidation threats, voter purges, and more.” “We cannot rest until the promise of equality for all of us in every nook and corner of this country is fulfilled. That’s what Juneteenth means to me.”
uphill battle: So far, Democrats have been unable To get change in any voting right through Congress.
Republicans slammed the Senate version during a crucial procedural vote in June, following the party’s signature voting and passing of the election bill in the House earlier in the year. All 50 Democrats, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, were united in passing the bill, but all 50 Republicans voted against it, meaning the bill failed to obtain the 60 votes needed to move forward in the legislative body.