Joe Manchin’s compromise voting rights proposal is inadequate and does not do enough to protect minority, incarcerated and disabled voters, a coalition of civil rights groups said Monday.
Manchin, a must-have vote for Democrats, does not support the sweeping For the People Act, also known as S1, but last week released a more modest set of proposals he backed. Those include requiring 15 days of early voting, requiring voter ID, and banning partisan gerrymandering.
“Senator Manchin’s compromise fails to adequately address the more than 400 voter suppression measures that are being introduced across the country. This proposal also negates the years of work that thousands of voting rights advocates and policymakers have given to the creation of legislation accepted by voters across this country,” more than 20 groups, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Black Voters Matter, said in a joint statement.