After President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris came out victorious in the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump and several GOP leaders fueled false claims of a stolen election. A deadly insurrection followed the lies, and now Republican-led states are enacting new legislation, making it harder for some to vote.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 90, which restricts when ballot drop boxes can be used, only allows someone to collect and return ballots for immediate family, limits who can hand out food and water to voters and other restrictive measures.
In March, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a similar bill into law with similar measures that restrict access to voting. SB 202 allows unlimited challenges to voter registration and eligibility, requires counties to keep counting ballots without breaks and shortens the runoff cycle from nine weeks to four.
Delaware and Vermont are the only two states where lawmakers have not introduced legislation restricting access to voting. Democratic legislators have been trying to get the For Tthe People Act passed in an effort to protect the right to vote, but opposition from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin threatens the success of the bill.
Stacey Abrams is ready for a “Hot Call Summer” with her latest campaign to get Congress to pass the For the People Act. She joins BNC host Charles Blow to discuss the importance of protecting the right to vote and the passing of federal voting protections.
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