President Biden said Wednesday that the upcoming midterm elections “could easily be illegitimate” if Democrats fail to pass a party-political rewrite of the country’s voting laws.
Sir. Biden said the integrity of the election would come down to how successful his administration has been in pushing back on a series of voting measures adopted by GOP-led states since 2020.
“It depends on whether we will be able to argue for the American people that any of this is being set up to try to change the outcome of the election,” he said. Biden during a press conference in the White House.
The president added that the less successful his voting legislation was, the more likely there would be doubts about the results of the midterm sessions.
“I think it can easily be illegitimate,” said Mr. Biden. “The prospect of an illegitimate [election] is in direct proportion to the fact that we are able to get these reforms adopted, but I do not think … you will see the Democratic Party give up coming back. “
GOP lawmakers said Mr Biden’s comments on the legitimacy of the election are part of a coordinated effort to cast doubt on the 2022 interim period, which is expected to be tough for Democrats.
“They have created a false narrative that somehow states by 2020 and in the last few election cycles have not been able to run a fair election,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina.
The Senate on Wednesday was ready to reject two of his voting laws: The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Both bills are central to the White House’s efforts to overturn state-level voter ID laws and other measures for the integrity of ballot papers.
For example, the Freedom to Vote Act mandates states to offer same-day voter registration as well as automatic voter registration at local motor vehicle departments. It also creates a taxpayer-supported public funding system for house elections and imposes new restrictions on states’ ability to draw their constituencies.
The John Lewis Voting Act would give the Department of Justice comprehensive new powers to oversee state elections. In some cases, according to the bill, states would have to secure the DOJ’s approval before adopting new voting laws.
Although supported by all 50 Senate Democrats, the bills are unlikely to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.
Sir. Biden’s plan for Senate Democrats to blow up the filibuster and adopt the measures in a party vote is also expected to fail. But this defeat is due to a lack of adequate support from Democrats.
“It’s going to be hard. I do not care about that,” he said Mr. Biden. “We have not run out of opportunities yet. And we will see how it develops.”
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