Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Biden marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order

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WASHINGTON » A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressio­nal Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access.

“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have it counted,” Biden said in his remarks to Sunday’s Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast before signing the order.

Democrats are attempting to solidify support for House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process. It was approved Wednesday on a near party-line vote, 220-210.

The voting rights bill includes provisions to restrict partisan gerrymande­ring of congressio­nal districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparen­cy to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymousl­y bankroll political causes.

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