June 13, 2024

Thousands march for election rights in Washington and other US cities | The world

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Thousands march for election rights in Washington and other US cities |  The world

Thousands of protesters marched on Washington and other US cities. United States This Saturday (28), Republicans are trying to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation against a wave of restrictions in the ruling states, demanding the protection of their electoral rights.

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 parade in Washington, March and organizers of election rights march argue that state measures restricting voting access will have a proportional impact on minorities.

In Washington, protesters with Black Lives Matter flags and billboards called for federal law and marched from McPherson Square to the last rally point at National Mall, where King had his famous “I have a dream” 58 years ago.

Protesters take part in the fight for the right to vote on Saturday (28) in Washington, DC; The rally marked the 58th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., with the famous speech ‘I have a dream’ – Photo: Anna Money Producer / Getty Images / AFP

Carolyn Ruff, 74, traveled from Chicago to Washington to press for the passage of a federal law restoring key protections of the 1965 Electoral Rights Act.

The bill, named after the late civil rights man John Lewis, passed the House this week, but will face an uncompromising situation in the Senate due to rules that allow minorities to block the law. Click here to read more about John Lewis who died in July 2020.

After Democrat Joe Biden Won the 2020 presidential election, Republican legislators in several states have restricted the use of deposit boxes and the ability to vote by mail. The move comes after former Republican leader Donald Trump sought to reverse the election result based on unsubstantiated allegations of widespread election fraud.

So far this year, at least 18 states have enacted laws restricting voter access, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Organizers expect about 50,000 protesters in Washington. Protests were also planned in Phoenix, Miami and other cities.

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