' voting rights
organization will launch a month-long campaign to rally young people of color in support of the For the People Act
, a historic piece of legislation that would combat voter suppression
efforts across the country.
gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams announced on Tuesday that her organization, Fair Fight
Action, would launch a campaign called Hot Call Summer, which will run through June and will ask supporters to call their senators and urge them to vote for the For the People Act. Fair Fight also hopes to text at least 10 million people in key 2022 battleground states
“With voting rights under attack
in 48 of 50 state legislatures across the country, the moment has never been more critical, and it will take all of us to ensure that Congress
passes the voting rights protections our country and democracy
desperately need,” Abrams wrote in an email to supporters obtained by CBS News
According to The New York Times
, Abrams will be joined by election
workers, as well as other elected officials and public figures, in the campaign.
Today, @fairfightaction is launching #HotCallSummer, a national campaign to heat up our #Senators as they prepare to vote on the #ForThePeopleAct. This summer, we need YOU to #CallYourSenators EVERY DAY; tell them to support #S1. 888-453-3211https://t.co/tPKcImQY1j
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) June 8, 2021
The For the People Act is a bold Democratic effort to make it easier to vote, including provisions to expand early voting
nationwide, mandate rules to combat partisan gerrymandering, and support for statehood for the District of Columbia.
The bill has widespread Democratic support, but it faces a difficult path to passage in the Senate
because the Democratic Party
controls only 50 seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris
serving as a tie-breaking vote. Sen. Joe Manchin
(D-W.Va.) announced last weekend that he would vote against it, calling it “partisan voting legislation that will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy.”
Voting and civil rights
activists have tried unsuccessfully to persuade the senator, and without his support, the bill is unlikely to pass in an evenly divided chamber. Manchin has instead proposed that the Senate pass a narrower bill known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
have spent the first half of the year aggressively pushing new state laws that would make it much more difficult to vote, particularly for low-income Americans and communities of color. According to CBS, at least 14 states have enacted laws restricting voting rights, while some places, such as Texas
, have proposed dramatic changes in voter access that have sparked outrage from civil rights groups.
The Republican Party
has linked the drive to Donald Trump
's debunked claim that widespread voter fraud cost him the presidency in 2020 to Joe Biden
, despite the lack of evidence to support such claims.
Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid for governor
of Georgia in 2018, is widely expected to run again in 2022.