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West Virginia NAACP Urges Senator Joe Manchin To Back ‘For the People Act’

The West Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches — in throwing unanimous support behind the H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act of 2021” — is urging U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to fully support the bill.

The bill would make several major changes to election laws, such as requiring states to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections, permitting voters to make changes to their registration at the polls, requiring states to hold early voting for at least two weeks establishing automatic voter registration.

“H.R.1 contains several important provisions,” State Conference President Owens Brown said, “including a set of national voter registration and mail-in voting standards, nonpartisan redistricting commissions, requiring super PACs and dark money groups to publicly disclose their donors, new ethics rules for public servants, and requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.”

The conference voted unanimously to support the bill at its spring quarterly meeting in April.

Brown emphasized that the NAACP contends that the passage of H.R.1 will enhance democracy and make it more difficult for state legislatures to implement voter suppression laws that target mainly Black and brown voters.

“The NAACP implores Sen. Manchin to support H.R.1 in its entirety,” Brown said. “We hope he can find a path around the filibuster and develop a bipartisan solution with Republican Senators in order to push H.R.1 to the U.S. Senate floor for a vote.”

Brown said that if Manchin is unable to secure a bipartisan solution, the senator must vote with the other Democratic senators to eliminate the filibuster and ensure H.R.1 reaches the Senate floor for a vote.

“The NAACP insists that preserving and protecting the Constitutional voting rights of millions of American citizens takes precedence over protecting a senator’s right to filibuster to impair democracy,” Brown said.

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