A new executive order from US President Joe Biden orders federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote access to the vote, amid efforts by Democrats to counter recent measures to restrict that right.
Biden’s plan was announced during a speech recorded for the 56-year “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights defenders were brutally beaten by police officers while trying to march for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama.
“All eligible voters should be able to vote and have it counted,” Biden said Sunday in his message to the Unity Breakfast Martin and Coretta King before signing the order. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote ”.
Biden’s order includes several modest provisions. It directs federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and election information, calls on agency heads to develop plans to give federal employees time off to vote or volunteer nonpartisan poll workers, and encourages a review of the government website Vote.gov
For their part, Democrats seek to solidify support for House Resolution 1, which touches virtually every aspect of the electoral process. It was approved on Wednesday on a 220-210 vote.