Members of Congress are considering reforming how they count electoral votes in 2025. But the 2022 midterms may bring more immediate danger of chaos.
"If you can deliver an infrastructure bill for bridges, you can deliver voting rights for Americans," said Martin Luther King III at a protest in DC.
Two voting rights bills are the Democrats' top legislative priorities. With the Senate filibuster in place, though, their passage seems unlikely.
"Things are not going well," Romney said of Biden's tenure. "And the president needs to stop and reset and say what is it he's trying to accomplish?"
The "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" seeks to expand voting access and introduce reforms related to redistricting and campaign finance.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Sinema reaffirmed her support for the filibuster, posing a roadblock to Democrats' voting rights legislation.
After having a schedule that featured a limited number of interviews, Vice President Harris has had a stronger media presence in recent weeks.
Grassroots groups in Arizona are working feverishly to find someone to challenge and unseat Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over her blockage of Biden's agenda and objection to nixing the filibuster. They saw a fundraising boost after her floor speech.
Civil rights groups lit into the Arizona Democrat for continuing to oppose changing the Senate's rules to pass voting rights legislation on Thursday.
In a speech on the Senate floor, the Arizona Senator said that Democrats changing the filibuster would only 'excerbate' the US' partisan divides.
Congressional Democrats used a creative procedural workaround to fast-track consideration of the bills — but they still face long odds in the Senate.
Biden on Tuesday endorsed changes to the filibuster rules if voting rights bills continue to be blocked. Obama said he supports Biden's call.
"I have known, liked, and personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at that podium yesterday," McConnell said.
President Biden and Vice President Harris visited Atlanta at a critical inflection point in Senate Democrats' long-stalled voting rights push.
"Voting rights now is a partisan thing," Jeffries said, criticizing Republicans for being "largely allergic to the notion of 'one person, one vote.'"
Numerous states have made it more difficult or less convenient for people to cast their ballots.
Hundreds of laws passed in 2021 widened the gulf of voting access between Republican and Democratic-controlled states.
Schumer said that a vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill would go ahead anyway, and jabbed at Manchin for tanking the bill in a TV interview,.
"When you're the Washington State Secretary, you play a national leadership role. We are exhibit A," Julie Anderson said.
Senate Democrats may push passage of Build Back Better to 2022 to focus on voting rights legislation, angering progressives and cheering McConnell.
Democrats pushing off Biden's spending plan into next year would be a major reversal and an admission that large parts of the bill remain unsettled.
Kemp blasted his former opponent's entry into the gubernatorial race, tweeting that if Abrams was at the helm of government, "Georgia would have shut down."
In her announcement, Abrams said she was running "because opportunity in our state shouldn't be determined by zip code, background or access to power."
Rep. Al Green of Texas wants to ensure voters of color are not erased by maps that create two additional majority white districts.
The Utah senator raised the prospect that former President Trump could win the White House in 2024 and govern without guardrails absent a filibuster.
Republicans swept to victory in Virginia, where Democrats have used their time in power to significantly expand access to the ballot in recent years.
The bill, named for the late civil rights icon John Lewis, would have restored key voting rights protections struck down by the Supreme Court.
America's democratic norms are slowly being eroded. Unless Democrats do something to stop this autocratic power grab, we're all screwed.
Biden said that issues like voting rights and ensuring the government pays its debts were too important to be held hostage by the Republicans.
All GOP Senators moved to block debate on a major voting rights bill that Democrats framed as the last chance to save American democracy.
Senate Democrats' latest election reform push, which Republicans filibustered, only scratched the surface of a growing threat to election results.
It wasn't immediately clear if Manchin and Sinema would be swayed by the threat of economic catastrophe to abandon their attachment to the filibuster.
"By increasing penalties for illegal voting, we will send an even clearer message that voter fraud will not be tolerated in Texas," Abbott said.
The Rochester Fire Department quickly responded to a fire detection alarm at the property around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Sen. Joe Manchin is set on securing bipartisan support for the new bill as the two parties are increasingly occupying different worlds on the matter.
"I think if we're not successful in getting 10 Republicans to do the right thing, then we have no choice but to revisit the rules of the Senate," he said.
Election officials and a slew of civil rights groups have filed four federal lawsuits against Texas' Senate Bill 1. They face an uphill battle.
The enactment of Senate Bill 1 marks a defeat for Democrats who staged a weeks-long walkout to break quorum and block the bill from becoming law.
Florida and Texas lawmakers introduced voting rights legislation organizers say are designed to disenfranchise young voters of color.
Marchers pushed for lawmakers to pass key bills that have stalled in Congress - the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Advancement Act.
GOP lawmakers across a total of 17 states have passed over 28 bills tightening access to the ballot box, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
The bill named for the late Rep. John Lewis takes on the Supreme Court's treatment of voting-rights protections over the past decade.
Pennsylvania will no longer consider incarcerated people to be "residents" in the predominantly white, rural counties where state prisons are located.
With the US Senate on August recess, there's very little for Democratic state lawmakers to do in Washington, DC, but they're still there.
Senate Democrats are under pressure to keep voting rights on the agenda ahead of the midterm elections and a high-stakes redistricting cycle.
"Hope springs eternal," a leading House Democrat on voting rights told Insider about garnering bipartisan support to restore the Voting Rights Act.
Top House Democrat Jim Clyburn told reporters that lawmakers would unveil a long-awaited restoration of the Voting Rights Act by August 6.
"If it weren't for the work of local election officials, none of you would be here in this room," Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey told lawmakers.
"If we have to do a small carve out on filibuster for voting rights - that is the only area where I'd allow that kind of reform," Warner said.
The officials told advocates that they believe it's possible to "out-organize voter suppression," according to a report from the New York Times.
A new Brennan Center analysis found that 18 GOP-controlled states have passed 30 laws with provisions that tighten voting rules midway through 2021.
Biden has frustrated voting rights advocates with his hesitancy to push for changes to the Senate filibuster while decrying restrictive election laws.
Chris Turner, chairman of the state's House Democratic Caucus, said it was a "sober reminder that COVID is still with us."
Beatty, who serves as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, urged lawmakers to pass legislation to expand voting rights.
While Democrats and Republicans battle over voting rights legislation, professor Ray Baker writes the true two sides are justice versus injustice.
The lawmakers are part of a historic tradition in Texas that also played out in 1979 and 2003, but they face higher odds to achieve their goals.
They "decided to grab some beer, hop on a private plane and flee the state in what they are pretending is some great moral crusade," McConnell said.
The Fox News host appeared to treat the peaceful - if unconventional - move as less of a big deal than rioters breaking in to the US Capitol.
Biden's Philadelphia speech came as lawmakers in Texas left the state in droves to block the passage of two election omnibus bills.
Two election omnibus bills, House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1, ban many of the ways that local officials expanded voting in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Greg Abbott criticized Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to block several conservative bills from passing in a special session.
It's clear that Congress and the Supreme Court won't stem the tide of anti-voting rights laws. The fight is going to have to come at the state level.
Sen. Bob Casey issued a dire warning about the state of US elections after the Supreme Court upheld two restrictive voting laws in Arizona.
The Court's 6-3 conservative majority issued a ruling that erodes the key voting law that has protected Black voters from discrimination.
Insider spoke to natives of Guam and Puerto Rico who reject "American" and have mixed feelings about their US citizenship as territory residents.
The cases posed massive implications for red states passing voting restrictions and the post-2020 congressional redistricting on the horizon.
This lawsuit over Georgia's Senate Bill 202 is the DOJ's first major voting rights enforcement case under President Joe Biden.
Democrats in the Senate are regrouping on their strategy while lawmakers in Texas are poised for another showdown over voting rights.
The GOP filibustered a vote on the For the People Act, a blockbuster voting-rights and democracy-reform package central to the Democratic agenda.
"There is a rot - a rot at the center of the modern Republican Party," Schumer said, hours before the Senate considers an elections-reform bill.
"I like Joe Manchin a lot, but ... I don't like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from the state legislators," Graham said on Fox News.
Using perplexing language and trying to confuse their constituents is just the latest strategy issued by Republicans attempting to enact policy.
Neither the two main voting rights bills currently in Congress address the growing threat of partisan legislatures meddling in election results.
"He has certain concerns about the legislation that we may be able to come to terms on," Pelosi said of Manchin's opposition to the For the People Act.
Garland said GOP-backed ballot recounting efforts like the one in Arizona "may put the integrity of the voting process at risk."
Politics for the GOP is no longer about conservative ideology - it's about cancel culture.
"Rep. Joe Manchin has voted on bills in the past that are not bipartisan." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.
The minority leader threw cold water on the bipartisan proposal from Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Lisa Murkowski.
Former President Donald Trump, who wanted Republicans to nix the filibuster while in office, thanked Manchin for his support of the filibuster.
Manchin, a Democrat, announced on Sunday he would vote against the For the People Act, a sweeping bill proposed by his party to defend voting rights.
The For the People Act seeks to end partisan gerrymandering, blunt voter purges, and expand early and absentee voting, among other things.
Democracy experts are sounding the alarm as Republican-led legislatures nationwide take extraordinary steps to restrict voting.
"Democracy thrives, and the infrastructure of democracy is strong, when people have the right to vote freely and fairly and conveniently," Biden said.
"The American people get to decide and work for a democracy that reflects the voices of all Americans, not just a certain segment," Jeffries said.
Though the letter doesn't explicitly name the bill, a Manchin aide told NBC that the duo are referring to the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
The Heritage Action director said the group is quietly working on writing and passing the laws to "right the wrongs of November."
"The soft bigotry of low expectations now projected on Black Americans ... is being done by the Democratic Party," Owens said during a Senate hearing.
The bill signed by the New York State Assembly on Wednesday will now be sent to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for him to sign.
He told Senate Republicans that the Democratic duo could "save this institution" with their resistance to eliminating the filibuster, Politico reports.
JPMorgan Chase, led by Jamie Dimon, and Home Depot also didn't sign the full-page ad that ran in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Republican lawmakers in the three 2020 battlegrounds are advancing legislation to restrict voting by mail before 2022.
If the Democrats can't come together to pass HR 1 into law, they stand to lose elections for the next 10 years or more.
Top business leaders, including former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, met on Zoom to map out their response to new voting restrictions.
On a range of political issues, businesses have felt compelled to speak out. But many are silent when it comes to tax hikes, if not hostile.
Manchin is the only Democratic senator who has not signed on as a cosponsor to S. 1 and opposes changing filibuster rules to aid the bill's passage.
Amazon blasted states' voter suppression efforts after years of supporting GOP lawmakers who have made it harder for Americans to vote.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the decision to move the All-Star Game and MLB Draft was "the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport."
Delta's response to Georgia's controversial voter rights legislation is damaging the sterling reputation that it has spent years building.
JP Morgan Chase's CEO is one of the first prominent CEOs to speak out about voting rights after Georgia's new law passed last week.
Coca-Cola, Delta, and Home Depot all gave statements in support of voting rights, but critics say they didn't do enough to address the specific bill.