Manchin to Vote Against Democrats’ Sweeping Election Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he will vote against a sweeping election reform bill pushed by his Democrat colleagues, also known as the For The People Act, or S.1, saying forcing it through via the partisan reconciliation process will further deepen divisions. “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act,” he wrote in home-state newspaper The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Manchin also reaffirmed that he will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster. He criticized Democrats and Republicans for politicizing election reform to seek partisan advantage and urged both sides to work along to find a path forward. He suggested that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is a good starting point to gain bipartisan support for election reform. The senator also expressed concern over the trend of vying for absolute …

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