Stacey Abrams says she’d ‘absolutely’ support Manchin’s voting rights compromise

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Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights advocate, said she'd "absolutely" support Sen. Joe Manchin’s election reform compromise.

Manchin, who stands in the way of Democrats passing their omnibus election reform bill, recently put out a memo outlining changes he supports. Abrams came out in favor of them during a Thursday morning interview on CNN.

The memo from the West Virginia senator, published by Politico, calls for Election Day to become a public holiday, mandates more than two weeks of early voting for federal elections, and backs automatic voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles. It differs from the For the People bill by backing voter ID laws, though he wants there to be “allowable alternatives to prove identity to vote.”

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Abrams said some of the measures Manchin outlines “are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography,” adding that the tenets of his memo are “strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state, and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote.”

The H.R.1/S.1 For the People Act passed the House earlier in March and is expected to head to a floor vote in the Senate later this month. It is expected to fail without Manchin’s support in the evenly divided Senate. He does not support the bill because of its lack of bipartisanship, as well as a handful of other reasons.

He has also said he would not support ending the 60-vote filibuster threshold in order to move it through without Republican support, though he appeared open to reforming it in a private conversation with major donors, according to the Intercept.

A number of GOP-led states have passed laws that they say will make the elections more secure, while their Democratic counterparts allege that their tactics lessen voter accessibility.

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Abrams said those bills “should be untenable to any American,” adding, “If Joe Manchin and the U.S. senators who support this legislation are willing to come together on a compromise, then we will make progress. We will help to continue to ensure access to our democracy for as many Americans as possible. And that is always a native good.”

Barring a change in the filibuster, Manchin's proposal, if party leaders support it, would still need 10 Republicans' support to pass.

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