US Senate set to begin debating ballot bills Tuesday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

While the United States House passed the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Advancement of Suffrage Act, two federal suffrage bills, they don’t have a clear path through the Senate.

U.S. Representative Colin Allred (D-TX 32nd District) said he is still working to see them through.

“For someone like me who is a suffrage lawyer, who comes from Texas where I think we have a lot of changes that we need [to be] fact, I will keep fighting until the very end,” Allred said.

Texas and some other Republican-led states have passed laws that critics say are repressive, while supporters say it’s about election integrity.

Federal laws would supersede state laws. While the laws have majority support in the Senate, there are not the 60 votes needed to pass.

“In Texas, 11.3 million people voted, 66% of registered voters, which was a consistent percentage across the country. Historic voter turnouts, and yet our fellow Democrats want to fix a system that isn’t broken,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Democratic Texas state representatives left the special session to travel to Washington, D.C., and push for federal legislation when election bills were on the table with the state legislature. Now, with bills signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, State Rep. Carl Sherman (D-District 109, DeSoto) is already preparing election legislation for the 2023 session and also considering midterm elections.

“We have to get people to really appreciate the voice of the people, not just some people, but all people. And that’s the only solution we have in a democracy,” Sherman said.

The US Senate hopes to begin debating election bills on Tuesday, but it is not expected to vote until Wednesday.

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