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“I think Vice President Harris herself embodies the need to expand voting rights,” Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended the Tulsa speech, said in an interview. “When she calls or walks into an office, we look for the reason why we need voting rights.”
Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, said the decision to raise Ms. Harris as the face of government work on the issue was a pivotal moment for the Biden White House, as the number of voter suppression efforts that went on – 389 bills in 48 states and counting, according to a tracker who maintained the Brennan Center.
“It’s been decades since a Democratic White House made suffrage and democracy reform a central goal,” said Waldman, but added, “The clock is ticking.”
Ms. Harris’s influence on Senate local politics is expected to be limited, but she has raised the issue of voting rights many times during her four years as a Senator. During her senior year in the Senate, Ms. Harris introduced laws that would increase electoral security, require early personal election periods in every state, and expand postal voting records.
In 2020, Ms. Harris also co-sponsored the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which was intended to restore part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was based on a formula to identify states with histories of discrimination and require them to do so Jurisdictions Clarify changes to their coordination processes with the federal government. The safeguards were lifted by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Still, Ms. Harris, who spent much of her time in the Senate as a presidential candidate, was not known for developing particularly close relationships with colleagues, and Mr. Manchin and Ms. Sinema are no exception.
Several Democratic advisors working closely with the Senators scoffed Wednesday at the idea that Ms. Harris, known as a staunch liberal, would be the one to convince any moderate lawmaker to change the filibuster rule. Nor is Ms. Harris a likely candidate for a compromise on the content of the draft law needed to convince Mr. Manchin, the only Democrat who did not support him, to support him.