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First State lawmakers rally for voting rights legislation in DC

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Two Delaware State Senators join over a hundred other state legislators and some Democratic members of Congress in Washington, DC to push the U.S. Senate to pass voting rights legislation.

State Senators Sarah McBride and Marie Pinkney were among those speaking at Capitol Hill on Tuesday calling for the U.S. Senate to not recess until the For the People Act is passed.

That legislation would establish national standards ensuring Americans can safely and freely cast their ballots.

Those at the rally called for the legislation to pass before the end of the summer to undo some state voter laws passed in Republican-led states across the country in time for the 2022 midterm elections, and before partisan Congressional maps are redrawn.

McBride’s message to the Senate is to pass bills that will help all voters across the nation.

"The For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act will protect Americans all Americans by protecting our democracy whether you live in a red state or a blue state and the only way to end the new Jim Crow is to end the Jim Crow filibuster," said McBride.

Pinkney’s plea to the Senate is to do what voters did in 2020.  

"In 2020 all across this country, we asked people to show up at the polls. We begged them and promised them that if they showed up at the polls we would give them what they're asking for, we would protect them, we would save lives, we would save lives and so they showed up," said Pinkney.

Tuesday’s rally on Capitol Hill is part of a broader week of action where activists will continue to urge the Senate and its leadership to deliver on the For the People Act. 

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.