Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is fighting to get rid of the Senate filibuster for voting bills.
“We can preserve the filibuster, or we can preserve the voting rights of people of color. But we can’t do both,” Clinton tweeted Thursday.
Attached to Clinton’s tweet is a map of the U.S. outlining every state where new voting legislation has been introduced.
The former New York senator argued that the filibuster blocks voting rights in almost every state.
According to Clinton’s tweet, state lawmakers have introduced 361 bills in 47 states as of March 24 that would make it harder for their residents to vote in upcoming elections. The state legislatures with the highest number of restrictive bills were Texas, Georgia and Arizona.
Republican lawmakers in these states argue that the bills were created to fight voter fraud and do not restrict voting rights.
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick lashed out against opponents of the Senate’s voter fraud bill in Texas at a news conference on Tuesday, calling them “nest of liars” who were “race baiting” for political gain.
“Senate Bill 7 is about voter security, not about voter suppression,” Patrick said. “I’m tired of the lies and the nest of liars who continue to repeat them.”
The bill, which is one of several voter fraud bills filed recently across the country, has come under scrutiny in the last week. Critics say the bill limits the number of early voting hours, restricts the number of voting machines at polling places and giving more leeway to poll watchers.
Patrick, who has campaigned for stricter voting laws for over than a decade, said Senate Bill 7 changes nothing for mail-in ballots, early voting hours or Election Day procedures.
“Anyone who says different is lying to you, whether they write with a pen, talk with a microphone or hold political office,” Patrick said.
Clinton argued that the Senate filibuster should not get in the way of “constitutional matters” and specifically cited voting as one of those issues.
“The filibuster stands in the way of a lot of legislation and whether or not it can be either reformed and amended or eliminated is what we will find out in next weeks,” Clinton said last month. “It certainly should be lifted for constitutional matters, and I would put election law matters at the top of that list.”
President Joe Biden told reporters during a recent press conference that he has an “open mind” about changing filibuster rules on “certain things that are just elemental to the functioning of our democracy.” Biden went on to cite “the right to vote” as one of those instances.
House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation Wednesday that would counter the Georgia law and others laws similar to it. It now advances to the Senate but it has little chance of breaking past an expected filibuster of opposition from Republicans, the Associated Press reported.
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