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U.S. civil rights leaders vow to keep fighting for voting rights

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By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. civil rights leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday vowing a "summer of activism" to battle new voting restrictions enacted in Republican-led states in recent months.

Vice President Kamala Harris said the Democratic Party would invest $25 million in voter registration and education efforts.

Harris, who was assigned by the president to lead the administration's efforts on voting rights, made the announcement Thursday at her alma mater, Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington.

Biden and Harris met with civil rights groups including the NAACP, National Urban League and the National Action Network.

Biden and Harris pledged to continue to push for Congress to pass legislation that protects the right to vote while continuing to rely on existing executive powers to ensure full voter participation and elections that reflect the will of the people, according to a White House read-out of the meeting.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the meeting was "encouraging," but it was up to Congress to act with urgency to pass legislation that protects the right to vote.

"Time is of the essence. We cannot forget that justice is an ongoing struggle, and democracy an ongoing fight," Johnson said.

Senate Republicans, however, have shown no intention of approving any voting rights legislation, likely dooming efforts in the chamber, which is thinly controlled by Democrats and where 10 Republican votes would be needed to pass a bill.

The Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters after the White House meeting to expect "a summer of activism." He also had a warning for lawmakers: "You may be going home, but it's going to be warmer politically than you think."

Biden's fellow Democrats have struggled along with civil rights groups to fight a spate of voting restrictions in states including Georgia and Florida that critics say are aimed at Black, Hispanic and younger voters, who have helped elect Democrats.

Republican state legislators say their new voting laws are designed to enhance election security, citing former President Donald Trump's false claims that his November election defeat was the result of widespread fraud. Those claims were rejected by multiple courts, state election authorities and Trump's own administration.

Last month, Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic-backed national election reform bill that would have expanded opportunities to vote before Election Day, made certain campaign contributions more transparent and reformed the process for the drawing of congressional districts. Republicans said it violated states' authority to set their own election laws.

U.S. civil rights leaders vow to keep fighting for voting rights
 

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William Smith
William Smith Jul 12, 2021 6:39AM ET
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Only political parties that benefit from voter fraud protest voter I.D. laws.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 12, 2021 6:39AM ET
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None of the laws so far are voter id laws but bad straw man
Fairway Litchfield
Fairway Litchfield Jul 08, 2021 9:36PM ET
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This country has so mang freedomsThe biggest freedom is that if you dont like it here you can leaveTry that in a communist country
Fairway Litchfield
Fairway Litchfield Jul 08, 2021 9:36PM ET
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*so many
Millennial Dip Buyer
Millennial Dip Buyer Jul 08, 2021 9:32PM ET
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I just don't really understand why nearly every other country has ID requirements for voting and doesn't have these dramatic, drawn out elections and scandals, yet the worlds arguably most important country can't figure out that they can issue ID easier and also have more secure elections?  What a joke of a country.
Jon Numer
Jon Numer Jul 08, 2021 9:32PM ET
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Those who don't want voter ID benefit from there not being a voter ID. Que bono.
Anthony Badalamenti
Anthony Badalamenti Jul 08, 2021 8:55PM ET
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Blacks are children. Always crying. Send them home.
John Burton
John Burton Jul 08, 2021 8:55PM ET
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Blacks are no different than any other groups of people. the only difference in America is the democratic party is trying to manipulate them further own greed. The smart ones of all races see right through that and in the long term it will come back to ***them in the rear
palmer gossett
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If a group or race of people are always classified as victims, they will use it as an excuse to do and get what they are entitled to
Brian Forehand
Brian Forehand Jul 08, 2021 4:36PM ET
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is that all...
Dennis Touey
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Using 25 million to show a bunch of illiterates how to cheat. THAT'S IT!! democrats are the corrupt party in this country. its a scam.
Anthony Badalamenti
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You are correct
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Online course: how to vote many times. Burisma copyright.
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