Following this evening’s Republican filibuster in the Senate on the Freedom To Vote: John R. Lewis Act, Issue One CEO and Founder Nick Penniman issued the following statement:
“Tomorrow begins the next chapter in the fight to protect our elections. Despite measures that have a long history of bipartisan support, including the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, important democracy reforms were blocked. But the fight to pass meaningful political reforms is far from over, and we need Republicans who want to strengthen our elections to come to the table.
“Democrats and Republicans must find a bipartisan path forward on proposals that will improve our elections, protect election workers, ensure that every American’s vote is fairly counted, and clarify the process for counting Electoral College votes in Congress. All of these ideas are rooted in strong bipartisanship, and are supported by an overwhelming majority of voters across the political spectrum. Over the coming days and weeks, we look forward to working with leaders from both parties to get this done.
“At a time when fear and doubt in our institutions are being fanned by partisan flames and massive disinformation, now is not the time to turn away. We are encouraged that a bipartisan working group has already begun a conversation about strengthening our elections. We will not allow today’s setback to slow this momentum, and we will not shy away from the task at hand. Let’s get to work.”