In an op-ed for the Charleston Gazette, Manchin described the bill as “partisan voting legislation” that “will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy.”
But it’s the very thing we need to preserve our democracy — the antidote to Republican attacks on voting rights.
If I were in the Senate now, my “yes” vote on the For the People Act would not be about my party. It would not be about politics. This is about doing what I know is right, guaranteeing that everyone has the right to vote.
The case for the For the People Act is simple.
As a country, we have been drifting away from this fundamentally American principle of one person, one vote.
As long as our elections can be bought and our politicians see someone who can give a big donation as more important than someone who can give $10, our government will not truly work for the people.
Look at the facts. Look at the math. Voter fraud is not widespread. Voter suppression is.
The preservation of our democracy has become an everyday fight. The For the People Act would make our elections fairer and make our democracy stronger.
The US Senate needs to pass it and send it to President Joe Biden’s desk. And when Senate Republicans attempt to tank the bill by using the filibuster — a racist mechanism so often deployed to suppress voting rights — then the Democrats must take action and abolish the filibuster to make sure it is passed. Some Democrats, like Manchin, who are refusing to reform the filibuster are telling us that allegiance to a flawed Senate rule is more important to them than democracy itself. They’re wrong
The Senate needs to act now. It is time to abolish the filibuster and pass the For the People Act. Our democracy depends on it.