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Stephen Peters, peters@civilrights.org, 202-466-1887

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Senate Republicans Fail to Advance the For the People Act

WASHINGTON -

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the Senate failed to garner the votes necessary to overcome a procedural step to advance the For the People Act:

"Senate Republicans have failed the American people by not seizing this opportunity to advance one of the most transformative pieces of legislation we have seen in a generation. The For the People Act would protect the freedom to vote by making sure voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states and all voters can exercise this fundamental right. We must ensure that all of us—no matter our color, zip code, or income—have an equal say in our democracy."

"With nearly 400 anti-voter bills introduced in states across the nation this year alone, and while the assault on our sacred right to vote continues in Republican controlled state legislatures, we will not give up. We will continue to fight for fair and accessible elections to make the promise of democracy a reality for all. The Senate must not let any rule or procedure that stops bills from ever being considered on the floor be a hurdle to shoring our democracy."

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

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