The proposed bill in the House of Representatives may not get the necessary number of votes in the Senate.
The Biden administration has supported the Democrats ‘ efforts to revise voting rules and transfer the process of creating polling station boundaries to independent commissions.
The United States is facing “an unprecedented attack on our democracy, in an unprecedented attempt to ignore, undermine, and overturn the people’s decision, as well as a new aggressive attack on voting rights happening right now across the country,” President Joe Biden’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
The House of Representatives is set to vote and is likely to pass a radical HR-1 election reform bill as early as this week. Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, but it is unlikely that the bill will pass the Senate, where the consent of 60 lawmakers is required.
Republicans said the law would deprive the States of their existing authority and expressed concerns about possible fraud in the election.
Democrats are fighting to expand voting opportunities through early voting, mail-in voting, and other measures. Republicans, in turn, are fighting these efforts and taking measures to restrict access to the ballot boxes. In his first public speech since losing the election on November 3, Former US President Donald Trump proposed limiting early voting and the days when Americans can do so.
Biden defeated Trump in the November 2020 presidential election with 7 million more votes.
Trump never conceded defeat, and some of his supporters fiercely challenged congressional certification of the election, leading to the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill.
Since then, dozens of local Republican lawmakers have introduced bills restricting voting in their states. For example, a bill proposed in Georgia prohibits installing special ballot boxes outside of polling stations and cancels early voting on Sunday. According to activists, this could have disastrous consequences for black voters. 43 states have introduced bills to restrict voting in one form or another.
A fight is also brewing over upcoming changes to the boundaries of polling stations that affect how a particular part of the country will be represented by a particular legislator in the House of Representatives. In many states, this process is led by state legislatures, which Republicans mostly control.
Local legislatures have historically redrawn precinct boundaries so that their party wins more elections, sometimes minimizing the influence of black voters.
The House bill would transfer much of that power to commissions that Republicans say won’t be accountable to residents in their states.