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WATCH: Rep James Clyburn: Election Reform Isn’t Dead; John Lewis & Others Never Gave Up

WATCH: Rep James Clyburn: Election Reform Isn’t Dead; John Lewis & Others Never Gave Up

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are fighting hard to block any kind of election reform that would protect access to voting for the groups the right seeks to disenfranchise. As long as the filibuster stands and the Senate (and the U.S.) remains so politically polarized, the fight to pass voter protections is, at best, an uphill one. However, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) says this doesn’t mean the fight is over.

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Is election reform dead in the water? Is it time to give up and recognize that the right is never going to let any legislation pass that would make elections fairer and more accessible? Clyburn says no — election reform might be “on life support” but that doesn’t mean the fight is over.

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“But you know, John Lewis and others, they did not give up after the ’64 Civil Rights Act. That’s why we got the ’65 Voting Rights Act.”

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which passed the House, will struggle in the Senate, where NBC reports that it has the support of all 50 Democrats, but cannot be passed without the votes of 60 Senators — unless, of course, the filibuster is removed, changing the Senate rules as has been done so many times, and allowing the bill to pass with a simple majority (with Vice President Kamala Harris as tiebreaker). Since there are not ten Republicans who will vote for election reform, the legislation doesn’t currently have a path forward. Still, CLyburn says it’s not time to give up hope.

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