Democracy Initiative on Freedom to Vote Act: It's time to Fix or Nix the Filibuster

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

For Immediate Release:
Contact:
Roger Kerson, rkerson@democracyinitiative.org, 734.645.0535

Democracy Initiative on Freedom to Vote Act
New Voting Bill a Promising Breakthrough
after Months of GOP Obstruction:
It's Time to Fix or Nix the Filibuster

WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders of the Democracy Initiative said today that the Freedom to Vote Act, a compromise measure introduced today in the U.S. Senate, is a transformative step forward to protect voting rights for all Americans and should be swiftly passed. Further GOP obstruction should not be tolerated, leaders say, and fixing or nixing the filibuster is crucial.

“After a record voter turnout in 2020, it’s time to move forward, not backward.” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause and co-chair of the Democracy Initiative Board of Directors. “Senators have heard their constituents’ demands for safe, sensible national standards that protect our freedom to vote. This legislation aims to stop voter suppression and give everyone a say in the decisions that affect our lives.”

“When we organize, we win,” said Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and also a co-chair of the Democracy Initiative. “While corporate interests and the politicians they pay for use backroom tactics to block progress, the democracy movement organized in every state to protect our sacred right to vote. That’s how the Freedom to Vote Act happened, and now is no time to tolerate further obstruction.” 

“The Freedom to Vote Act will expand access to the vote – which includes ensuring that everyone can choose to vote early or by mail,” said Charly Carter, executive director of the Democracy Initiative. “These common-sense measures, which protect and empower all voters no matter who they vote for, deserve bipartisan support.” 

“At one time, protecting our right to vote – especially for Black, Brown and young voters – was not a partisan issue, and important laws like the Voting Rights Act were passed with large bipartisan majorities,” said Carter. “Times have changed. If the Republican minority in the Senate tries again to prevent action on the basic building blocks of our democracy, then it’s time to fix or nix the filibuster.” 

The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table. 

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