House Democrats on Tuesday passed a voting rights bill named after the late civil rights leader, the representing John Lewis.
HR 4, known as John Lewis Voting Rights Act, passed by a margin of 219-212 with all Republicans voting no and all Democrats present voting yes.
Democratic lawmakers quickly took to Twitter to celebrate the 'Bill passed.
Bill Lewis introduces a new, expanded formula that the Justice Department can use to identify discriminatory voting patterns in state and local jurisdictions. These entities should then get approval from the DOJ before making any other changes to the elections. The bill also includes a provision designed to counter the summer Supreme Court ruling that made it more difficult to challenge potentially discriminatory voting changes.
A companion bill introduced by the Democrats, known as For thePeople Act, has stalled in the Senate amid Republican opposition and disagreement among Democrats over whether to change the rules of procedure in the Senate as well.
Democrats have argued that both bills are necessary to protect access to the ballot. They point out that the updated voting rights law would not apply to many voting changes already made by states. The For the People Act, on the other hand, would create minimum voting standards in the United States, such as automatic and same-day inion of voters, early voting, and postal voting without excuse. The bill would also amend
Senate Democrats have pledged to pass the larger bill when they return next month as that first order of the day, although it is not clear howthey can maneuver. around the opposition of the GOP.
Republicans have signaled that they will try to stop the John Lewis Act as much as they have the People's Act. "This bill is a federal takeover and a gift to partisan and frivolous litigants who will use it to manipulate state laws and throw all federal elections into chaos, further undermining voter confidence in elections fair and accurate, "said Jason Snead, executive director of Honest Elections Project Action, a conservative advocacy group.
Associated Press contributed to this report.