Pressure for electoral reform mounts ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, in which Democrats will struggle to maintain tight control of the 50-50 Senate as Republican-led state parliaments across the country pass restrictive electoral laws.
In the letter, titled “Fight For Our Vote,” Obama referred to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
“A year ago we witnessed an unprecedented attack on our Capitol and our democracy,” she wrote. “From Georgia and Florida to Iowa and Texas, states have laws that make it harder for Americans to vote. And in other state legislatures across the country lawmakers have tried to do the same. “
She compared modern voter suppression tactics to “poll taxes, literacy tests and abolition laws.” [Americans’] Power, “said,” We need to give Congress no choice but to act decisively to protect the right to vote and make the ballot box more accessible to all. “
The letter outlined a plan for this year that will include recruiting and training at least 100,000 volunteers by 2022 to register and release voters; Registration of more than a million new voters across the country; and the recruitment of thousands of lawyers “to protect voters in states where freedom of choice is threatened.”
In addition to Obama, the letter was signed by several high profile groups, including Vote.org, the NAACP, and the National Urban League.