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House Passes Voting Rights Bill - Unlikely to Pass in Senate

What Happened:

  • On Wednesday, House Democrats passed a sweeping voting rights and ethics bill overriding unanimous GOP opposition. The bill will now advance to the Senate for a vote. If passed, this will become one of the largest overhauls of US election legislation in history.

  • The final tally of 220-210 was mostly along partisan lines. The new legislation will restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, increase transparency for the campaign finance system and eliminate some of the current obstacles for voting, the goal being to help eliminate voter suppression.

  • Republicans say that some of these measures will actually facilitate voter fraud and allow federal interference in a states' autonomy to conduct its own elections.

  • Despite the passage in the House, the bill is unlikely to pass in the evenly divided Senate unless there is a change to procedural rules. As it stands, the bill would require 2/3 of the Senate and, therefore, bi-partisan support to pass.

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