Freedom to Vote Act Blocked in Senate
(Washington, D.C., October 20, 2021) Today, the Freedom to Vote Act, a sweeping package of democracy reforms, was blocked in the United States Senate. EDF Action Senior Vice President of Political Affairs Elizabeth Gore released the following statement:
“The Freedom to Vote Act is critical in our effort to safeguard our democracy by ensuring free and fair elections for everyone. This bill comes at a moment when far too many states have made it harder to participate in our democratic process by restricting access to the polls – and even more states are attempting to do the same.
“We are very disappointed that the Senate wasn’t even able to start a debate on the merits of this critical legislation that would give more power back to the people and enshrine the freedom to vote for all Americans. But we cannot be deterred. Senate Majority Leader Schumer has been a relentless champion for voting rights, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to pass this legislation. Now the Senate must find a path forward to achieve the critical democracy reforms we need so American voters are heard on issues like clean air, clean water and lasting climate action.”