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'Let the people vote': Biden signs executive order to expand voting access

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Biden issued the order after the House passed an election and ethics reform package and as GOP legislatures try to enact more restrictive voting measures.

Biden announced the order in virtual remarks played before the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama, which commemorates the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police beat Black demonstrators fighting for access to the ballot box along their march.



In his remarks Sunday, Biden said the Republican efforts were "an all-out assault on the right to vote."


"During the current legislative session, elected officials in 43 states have already introduced more than 250 bills to make it harder for Americans to vote," he said. "We cannot let them succeed."



Biden's order calls on federal agencies to "consider ways to expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process," make it easier for federal employees to vote by recommending how to "expand the federal government's policy of granting employees time off to vote" and increase access to the ballot for voters with disabilities, Native Americans, active-duty military service members, overseas Americans and eligible federal prisoners.


He also pushed Congress to fully restore the Voting Rights Act and to pass H.R. 1, a large voting rights and ethics package that passed the House.

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