Congress will pass voting rights bills, Stacey Abrams says

Last month, the Senate voted 50-49 in favor of starting debate on the "the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act but fell short of the 60 votes needed under a procedural blocking manoeuvre known as a filibuster.

The party has also repeatedly failed to advance the Freedom to Vote Act in a 50-50 Senate. Speaking in an interview at the Reuters Next conference released Wednesday, Abrams was optimistic about the legislation getting through.

"I remain very bullish on the possibility of us getting these bills passed," she said. "But that means we have to keep talking about it. And we have to keep amplifying the real effects of these laws."

This year, Republican lawmakers across the country have passed a series of local laws that have made it harder for people to vote, particularly marginalized communities.

For Abrams, these groups are an inconvenience to the Republican party because of how they voted.

"The rub is that these are inconvenient voters who demonstrated in 2020, that not only would they vote at the top of the ticket, but they changed elections and changed outcomes throughout the country at the federal, state, and local level," Abrams said.

The voting rights activist condemned anyone who tried to limit the voices of marginalized people, no matter what party they support.

"Any party that uses manipulation of the system, as their predicate should be disowned," she said. "We should not allow that."

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