Biden’s great electoral reform crashes in the Senate due to the Republicans and the internal divisions of the Democrats

One of the great reforms that he wants to carry out Joe Biden is the election. The US president wants to guarantee the right to early voting and voting by mail, in addition to establishing that Election Day is a holiday. However, the Senate has scuttled this project.

First, Republicans refused to consider Biden’s big election overhaul using a maneuver called filibustering and that allows to prevent the debate of any measure if a minimum of 60 votes is not gathered, collects Eph.

Hours later, the leader of the Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer, proposed a change in the rules of that chamber to reduce the power of filibustering and get the measure debated. However, as predicted, he failed to gather the support he needed from among his ranks.

Two Democratic senators joined the Republicans

The Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined the republicans and voted against changing the rules of the game.

The Republican blockade and the internal differences between the Democrats thus represent a new setback for Biden, who celebrates one year in power this Thursday.

The president said in a message on Twitter that he was “deeply disappointed” by the failure of his major electoral reform.

The current battle over the right to vote in the United States is because there is no central electoral system and each state sets its own electoral rules. During the covid-19 pandemic, many territories relaxed the requirements to vote by mail or in advance, which caused a record participation in the 2020 elections.

This was used by the then president donald trump and his far-right followers to fuel conspiracy theories about alleged massive fraud at the polls. This context was the one that ended up leading the far-rightists to storm the Capitol.

Although even more worrying is the future because Republicans have passed 33 laws in 19 states over the past year that limit voting. Some of these laws make it more difficult to vote by mail, shorten the deadlines for going to the polls in advance and even penalize giving water or food to those who wait long hours in line to exercise their right. This affects, above all, the most vulnerable people with fewer resources.

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