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Letter: Senators must protect our freedom to vote

Editor:

Our freedom to vote is under attack by extremist state lawmakers across the country who want to put up barriers that make it harder to vote — especially for people of color.

Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and President Joe Biden must do whatever it takes to swiftly get the For the People Act passed in the Senate and signed into law.

They must act now to implement national standards for federal elections. The House of Representatives has already passed the bill, a sweeping package to realize the promise of our democracy, get big money out of politics, ensure our freedom to vote and guarantee that congressional districts are drawn to give fair representation for all. The Senate must not permit the filibuster, a procedural rule, to override the constitutional right to vote.

A poll conducted this summer found that 62% of likely voters supported the For the People Act. Passing it is essential to saving our democracy and ensuring that our elected leaders deliver what the people need, from pandemic relief to racial justice and climate action.

Failure is not an option. Passing the bill must be Priority Number One when the Senate reconvenes next week.

Phila Back
Kutztown


Source: Berkshire mont

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