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Washington: Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked President Joe Biden’s voting rights measure, handing Democrats their second high-profile setback in as many months.
A procedural vote to advance a pair of voting rights bills failed 49-51, far short of the 60 votes required to prevent a GOP filibuster. Senate Democrats unanimously supported the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, calling them critical to ensuring fair elections amid efforts in GOP-led states to erect new barriers to voting. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., changed his vote to “no” as a procedural move to allow him to bring up the legislation again. Among other things, the voting rights bills would have expanded voter registration with automatic and same-day registration, increased access to the polls by expanding early and absentee voting. (dpa)
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