Last week, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced the Freedom to Vote Act — historic legislation that includes concrete reforms to improve our broken political system and protect our elections. In response, the National Council on Election Integrity released the following statement:
“The Freedom to Vote Act is an important piece of legislation that would protect the integrity of our elections. By including provisions widely supported by voters across the political spectrum — such as early voting, vote by mail, improved cybersecurity, and voter ID requirements — the bill will bring our election systems into the 21st century and take vital steps to rein in the corrosive influence of money in politics and end partisan redistricting.
“Senator Manchin should be applauded for reaching out to his Republican colleagues in an effort to strike a commonsense deal that both sides of the aisle can agree to. We hope our elected leaders in Congress will consider this bill and do what needs to be done to safeguard and strengthen our political system. Inaction at this consequential time in our history would be harmful and detrimental to the country and to all voters regardless of political affiliation.”