McConnell shoots down Manchin-created election compromise

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the possibility of bipartisan agreement regarding a recent election reform compromise plan from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

The West Virginia senator, who has come out against the omnibus election reform bill known as the For the People Act, recently outlined various related changes he supports, but McConnell threw cold water on the chances for compromise on Thursday.

“Senate Democrats seem to have reached a so-called ‘compromise’ election takeover among themselves,” McConnell said in a statement. “In reality, the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams is no compromise. It still subverts the First Amendment to supercharge cancel culture and the Left’s name-and-shame campaign model. It takes redistricting away from state legislatures and hands it over to computers. And it still retains S. 1’s rotten core: an assault on the fundamental idea that states, not the federal government, should decide how to run their own elections.”

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In a separate statement about S.1, McConnell called it "a bad bill filled with bad ideas, and I’ve been crystal clear about opposing it from the very beginning. But for Democrats themselves, coming up with a compelling rationale for this unprecedented political power-grab has been a long and winding road."

Manchin’s memo calls for Election Day to become a public holiday, mandates more than two weeks of early voting for federal elections, backs automatic voter registration through the department of motor vehicles, and calls for updates to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

It also backs H.R.1/S.1's plan to alter campaign finance reform — specifically, the memo supports the DISCLOSE Act and the Honest Ads Act. Manchin has said that he does not support the For the People proposal.

Manchin’s proposal gained attention Thursday, when former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and voting rights activist, said she “absolutely” supports it.

The For the People Act passed the House earlier in March and is expected to head to the floor vote in the Senate later this month.

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It is expected to fail in the evenly divided Senate, given that Manchin has said he does not support ending the 60-vote filibuster threshold in order to move it through without Republican support. But he appeared open to reforming it in a private conversation with major donors, according to the Intercept.

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