With a fresh start in office and the prospect of a fresh election next year, the Senate is expected to pass a sweeping overhaul of the country’s voting system, including the roll-out of a new online voting system for federal elections.
The Senate is due to vote on the changes on Tuesday.
The bill would also give states the ability to ban online voting in a move opposed by Democrats who say it would make it harder for Americans to vote in federal elections – something Republicans have said is needed to prevent voter fraud.
A number of other major changes are expected to be voted on by the Senate, including extending federal voter registration deadlines, which could lead to millions of Americans registering to vote, and a provision that would give Congress the power to create new voting systems and roll them out across the country.
It was not immediately clear how much support the bill would garner from both parties.
In a statement, the White House said the president supported the rollback of the rollbacks and would continue to push for them.
“The president has always said he would not support any rollbacks to voting rights, which we’ve seen happen in states like Georgia and South Carolina,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
“This is why the president believes it’s important that the American people hear what the Republican-controlled Congress has to say about these issues.”
Democrats have been critical of the bill as it goes through Congress.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in a statement on Tuesday that the bill “is not just about making it harder to vote for millions of American families, it’s about giving Republicans an excuse to kill the election system we have here in the United States.”
“This bill is a cynical, desperate, and blatantly partisan attack on democracy,” she said.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has also been critical, and he has called on Congress to vote down the bill before the November election.
Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, tweeted that the legislation was “a total, total scam” and urged voters to oppose it.
“This is about making sure that when the president gets elected, we have the voting system we need to elect the president,” Booker said.ABC/wiresTopics:elections,government-and-politics,cbsnews,united-statesFirst posted February 09, 2021 22:56:25