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Kamala Harris launches campaign for voting rights across U.S.

WorldJun 16, 2021 05:47PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks while hosting an event marking the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Executive Office building in Washington, U.S. June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Fil 2/2

By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday promoted the Biden administration's efforts to advance voting rights when she met 16 fellow Democrats from the Texas state legislature who successfully blocked a bill they said would make it harder for Blacks and Hispanics to vote.

President Joe Biden appointed Harris this month https://reut.rs/3cHKiWs to lead the charge against Republican state lawmakers across the country seeking to enact voting restrictions.

White House and civil rights groups say the Republican-led efforts would make it harder for Americans to vote. It follows Republican former President Donald Trump's false claim that he lost the 2020 election to Biden because of widespread fraud.

So far, 14 other U.S. states have enacted 22 laws this year that make it more difficult for Americans to vote, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice.

"What we are seeing are examples of an attempt to interfere with that right, an attempt to marginalize and take from people, a right that has already been given," Harris said.

Democrats in the Texas statehouse walked out on a legislative session last month to deprive Republicans of a quorum needed to pass a voting bill. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has vowed to bring the legislature back in a yet-to-be-called special session.

Under the Texas proposal, drive-through voting would no longer be allowed, early voting would be limited, 24-hour polling sites would be scrapped, and absentee ballots would be more difficult to cast.

Critics say such measures keep many Black and Hispanic voters, traditional supporters of Democrats, from the polls.

Harris plans to bring together elected officials and concerned Americans to build a coalition to work on voting rights and will seek legislation that improves access to the ballot box, senior administration officials said.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said his Justice Department will aggressively enforce voting rights https://reut.rs/3vFl4il, prosecute threats against election officials, double the number of prosecutors devoted to the issue and closely examine how states conduct their elections.

The United States has been coming to grips with a rise in threats from white supremacists and militia groups, while last year's murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer sparked nationwide protests against racial inequity

Voting rights is the second high-profile assignment for the vice president. In March, Biden entrusted her with leading U.S. diplomatic efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to lower migration from the region.

Harris recently visited Mexico and Guatemala https://reut.rs/3cGRtOL as part of those efforts.

Kamala Harris launches campaign for voting rights across U.S.
 

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William Smith
William Smith Jun 17, 2021 7:21PM ET
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There is no campaign to launch. EVERY American citizen presently has total and complete voting rights. You are again being Gaslighted by the American hating leftists .
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jun 17, 2021 7:59AM ET
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This article is CCP/DNC state propaganda.
Miriam Morkhul
Miriam Morkhul Jun 16, 2021 7:33PM ET
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Unfortunately there where many errors in this article.
Aaron Chaff
AayAayRon Jun 16, 2021 6:41PM ET
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Looks like the activist press is going to start a campaign of myths about "voter suppression." The fact is that only one American political party vehemently opposes showing ID to vote. This should tell you all you need to know.
Patrick Turner
Patrick Turner Jun 16, 2021 6:09PM ET
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Harris: what an EMBARASSMENT to this country. An accomolished liar and incompetent.
Joe Bagholder
Joe Bagholder Jun 16, 2021 6:06PM ET
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I show my ID every time I vote, get there during a 12 hour voting period on one voting day and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, in my state and city I have never heard a whiff of voter fraud in my life.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 16, 2021 5:58PM ET
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seams like it's all about keeping the cheating alive. voting shouldn't be like a McDonald's drive thru.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 16, 2021 5:56PM ET
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if the rules are the same for everybody, what's the big deal? imo, the country is to rich in convenience, and most are slothful terds.
Fairway Litchfield
Fairway Litchfield Jun 16, 2021 5:35PM ET
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Put a picture on a Social Security card. This way we solve alot of questions....
Jo Pa
Jo Pa Jun 16, 2021 4:48PM ET
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Democrats think blacks and Hispanics aren't intelligent enough to figure out how to get an ID. They are trying to steal the vote from minorities by enabling voter fraud in minority communities.
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Jun 16, 2021 4:48PM ET
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bullseye correct
oeg vokar
oeg vokar Jun 16, 2021 3:47PM ET
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"Under the Texas proposal, drive-through voting would no longer be allowed" Are there other states except Texas that allow drive through voting???
Joe Messeri
Joe Messeri Jun 16, 2021 3:47PM ET
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In West Virginia you can vote by carrier pigeon or smoke signals
Joe Messeri
Joe Messeri Jun 16, 2021 3:37PM ET
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Mail in ballots have always been reserved for invalids and thise over seas Mail in ballots on a mass scale ate corruptible
Dennis Touey
Dennis Touey Jun 16, 2021 3:20PM ET
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vote by mail is one of the biggest scams ever!! you got dead people requesting ballots. showing i.d. is the only way to go.
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Edouard Jun 16, 2021 2:03PM ET
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Without ensuring that every citizen who wishes to comply with the inalienable right and universal principle in democracy to vote can do so, the USA cannot be considered a full democratic state at the level of the best countries in the world and an example for others (including China). This is the truth and the maneuvers of the Republicans are a misery and a shame. There is not much time to waste. Go ahead
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jun 16, 2021 2:03PM ET
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We need voter ID.
Joe Bagholder
Joe Bagholder Jun 16, 2021 2:03PM ET
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a lot of word salad, why is it that Democrats care so much about rules meant to discourage voter fraud?!
William Smith
William Smith Jun 16, 2021 2:03PM ET
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More Gaslighting.
Byedin Youlost
Byedin Youlost Jun 16, 2021 1:54PM ET
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joe you lost
Duane Goodson
Duane Goodson Jun 16, 2021 1:26PM ET
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You need to show an i.d. period. Otherwise foreign countries can use migrants to vote in our election.
Tushar Ingle
Tushar Ingle Jun 16, 2021 1:24PM ET
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she is hot
Shirley Gohner
Shirley Gohner Jun 16, 2021 1:24PM ET
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You have the virus....get help
Brandon Wooton
Brandon Wooton Jun 16, 2021 12:02PM ET
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boost voting rights? what US citizen, other than maybe felons, can't vote?
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jun 16, 2021 10:06AM ET
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As a hispanic I disagree with Kamala Harris. Showing my ID to vote on elections is not an obstacle. Every person must have an ID to get food stamps, to travel, therefore it is not racist in any way to ask for ID when voting on federal elections. Democrats just want to cheat and bring in illegals to vote for them since regular Americans dislike their policies.
Patrick Turner
Patrick Turner Jun 16, 2021 10:06AM ET
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Great post!
William Smith
William Smith Jun 16, 2021 10:06AM ET
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You nailed it Felipe.
 
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