November 26, 2021

Senate blocks latest version of John Lewis Voting Rights Act

The Senate voted Wednesday against consideration of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act just one day after the 2021 election.

The 50-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes needed to pass through the Senate filibuster.

The House version of the bill, HR 4, passed in August along party lines in a 219-212 vote.

The bill was named after the late John Lewis, a longtime Democrat congressman known for his involvement in the civil rights movement. The bill sought to expand the powers of the Department of Justice regarding its role in national elections.

Just one Republican, Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski, supported the legislation.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who opposed an earlier version of the bill, supported the latest version.

The fight over voting reform may continue. This week, New Jersey experienced problems with voting machines in a close race for the state’s governor, bringing back memories of the allegations following the 2020 presidential election.

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