Organizers refuse to let up after Senate GOP blocks voting rights bills

1/27/2022 11:54:00 PM

Tayhlor Coleman, 33, was in her van last week when she got the news that the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act had collapsed in the Senate.

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Grassroots organizers are registering voters, recruiting lawyers, and keeping the pressure on lawmakers to pass federal voting rights legislation. - NBCBLK

Tayhlor Coleman, 33, was in her van last week when she got the news that the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act had collapsed in the Senate.

The defeat was disappointing for the organizer and Democratic strategist, but not surprising.make it harder for people to vote. You’re not going to tell me that’s true,” Coleman said. “Organizers should keep being loud about what they’re seeing happen and really make it plain for folks that we’re not going to sweep this under the rug.”

Senate Republicans, with the help of Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, voted last week to blockThe defeat marks a severe setback for federal voting rights legislation. In the wake of the vote, President Joe Biden, who has promised to take meaningful action on voting rights, said he was “

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She had been watching the bill closely as she drove around Texas in her white van registering people to vote. The defeat was disappointing for the organizer and Democratic strategist, but not surprising. But some in the GOP acknowledged that the latest Democratic fight to change the filibuster could set a precedent if they take back the majority. “I wish I could say I was shocked. And if we lose in Pennsylvania, I think in all likelihood, Schumer remains the majority leader. Joe Manchin said nobody’s trying to make it harder for people to vote. But, so far, Democrats have confirmed a total of 42 judges; that includes 29 district court nominees and 13 circuit court nominees, the latter considered a record for the modern era. You’re not going to tell me that’s true,” Coleman said.m.

“Organizers should keep being loud about what they’re seeing happen and really make it plain for folks that we’re not going to sweep this under the rug. Republicans are quick to highlight that the new rules didn't exist during Trump's first year in office, hurting his nominations clip relative to Biden's. The candidates are working to win favor with state committee members ahead of an endorsement vote on Feb.” Coleman has spent the first weeks of this year engaging with residents of the state and registering people to vote. So far, she’s registered several voters in Harris County, which includes Houston, and is working to do the same in the remaining 253 Texas counties. Prior to leaving for this week's recess, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took procedural steps to move forward on three district court judges and one circuit court judge for when the Senate returns. To accomplish this, she will have to undergo training and take a test in each county to become a volunteer deputy registrar. Bush's administration and through the influence of his wife, Dina Powell, a former deputy national security adviser in the Trump administration. In a state with more restrictive voting laws on the books, she said Congress failing to pass sweeping federal voting legislation only makes her efforts more difficult. There are currently 39 Biden judicial nominees pending before the Senate. Sen.

Senate Republicans, with the help of Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, voted last week to block a pair of voting rights bills that would have helped combat voter suppression by everything from creating a national automatic voter registration to banning partisan gerrymandering. The defeat marks a severe setback for federal voting rights legislation. But Andre Mathis, whom Biden nominated to the 6th U." Still, McCormick has several hurdles to overcome. In the wake of the vote, President Joe Biden, who has promised to take meaningful action on voting rights, said he was “ profoundly disappointed that the United States Senate has failed to stand up for our democracy.” Last week’s defeat also served as a blow to both the fight against new voting restrictions and Democrats’ efforts to unite around a cause. Circuit Court of Appeals — which includes Tennessee — is the first judicial nominee to advance without a blue slip, although Democrats argue that the White House sufficiently consulted with Blackburn and Hagerty before moving forward. Still, organizers told NBC News that Black and other minority voters will suffer the most from the defeat, and it’s up to these grassroots groups to continue fighting voter restrictions in the absence of proactive legislation. Republican Senate candidate, and Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, wave during a campaign event in Coplay, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Fenika Miller, an activist from Houston County, Georgia, who works with Black Voters Matter, a nonprofit advocacy group, said they work in 75 counties in the Peach State with door-to-door canvassing, phone banking and building relationships with residents to increase voter turnout. During the Trump administration, Republicans said that home-state senators would be consulted about circuit court judge nominees but wouldn't be given a veto. This work, she said, will continue whether voting rights legislation is passed or not. “Our work is 365. As circuit court vacancies open up in purple and red states, it’s not yet clear to what extent the White House and Senate Republicans will be on the same page or which vacancies will be prioritized first. 25, 2022. The issues that affect Black people don’t start or stop on Election Day or based on a single policy,” she said. “They’re closing polling locations, criminalizing line-warming — there are unlimited challenges to voters.S. The contest in Pennsylvania for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen.

This is to keep people from exercising their democratic franchise. Three, he is relatively unknown to voters, especially considering that his primary rivals include Jeff Bartos, the GOP's endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018, and Mehmet Oz, the heart surgeon, wellness author and TV personality who carries unrivaled name recognition as the host of daytime TV’s "Dr. But, time again, Black people have shown that we are resilient. Bob Casey (D-Pa.” Along with connecting with voters locally, Black Voters Matter has launched a letter-writing campaign to help people across the U.S. Pat Toomey hasn’t indicated whether he will return a blue slip for her. "If he has out-of-staters coming to speak on his behalf, that reinforces one of his problems, and that is that he’s just recently back here from out of state," said Jeffrey Piccola, the Republican Party chair in York County and a Bartos supporter. write to their senators and urge them to pass federal voting legislation. And if we lose in Pennsylvania, I think in all likelihood, Schumer remains the majority leader.

Meanwhile, organizers from Indivisible Illinois have set their focus on “massive voter registration and massive voter engagement” in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan to combat the lack of voter protections following the Senate vote. There are also several circuit court vacancies in blue states like Rhode Island, which could offer the White House a faster confirmation process, with buy-in from home state senators. They are holding a virtual voter registration training for the public, as well as a phone-banking session for Wisconsin voters, they said in an email. For Dave Ball, the chair of the Washington County Republican Party, McCormick checks the boxes he looks for in a candidate: someone with the money to run a campaign, charisma, shared values and the ability to win a general election. Evelyn Malone, chairperson of Indivisible's northwest chapter, said the organizers had an emergency meeting after the Senate vote last week to set a plan in place for the months ahead as the midterm elections approach. Similar to Republicans, Democrats have preserved blue-slip veto power for district court nominees. Malone, who is training to become a deputy voter registrar, said the group will work to register other members as deputy voter registrars. “We’re going to be very intentional, not just about getting people registered to vote, but actually building a partnership with them,” she said. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) returned blue slips for three district court nominees for his state, it’s not clear yet whether Sen. "With the endorsements that they have right now," Ball said, "who’s going to be impressed with these?" ___. McCormick is able to draw high-level support through his experience in Washington as a top official in President George W.

“A lot of people aren’t aware of the laws that were just denied. We’ve been inundated with Covid, so we can’t do canvassing right now, but we’re going to do a lot of phone banking.) will return a blue slip for William Pocan, a Wisconsin district court nominee and the brother of Rep.” Billy Honor, the organizing director of the New Georgia Project , a grassroots voting rights organization, also emphasized the importance of getting the word out about the defeated legislation. He said that, beginning next month, the group will launch a “mass movement for election protection,” prioritizing everything from monitoring election boards to training lawyers in election work.). In short, he said, the group is “ramping up” its voting advocacy efforts. One,.

“We’re going to our constituency and saying, ‘Here are the ways you could get involved. Nonetheless, they might be well-served to move quickly on those vacancies, with both Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee eyeing a November election that could hand the GOP control of the Senate.’ People can get involved in our poll protection program. We need people to show up and make sure that everything goes well. "I obviously hope we keep the Senate," one Democratic Judiciary panel aide said, speaking candidly on condition of anonymity. We’ll need people to show up and offer water. So we call this a civic ministry of presence.” Filed under:.

We’ll be recruiting lawyers to be ready for legal advocacy and if there’s litigation that needs to be filed.” Last year, Georiga Gov. Brian Kemp passed a .