WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sunday to strengthen voting rights across the country. The move came on the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when voting rights marchers in Selma — including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) — were beaten by state troopers, and as Republicans ramp up efforts across the country to restrict access to the ballot box and further undermine voting rights.
The order directs the federal government to look into a variety of efforts to expand voting rights, including making federal workers and resources available to help staff polling locations as well as allowing federal agencies to share data with states that wish to establish automatic voter registration efforts. Along with the recently passed H.R. 1, this move is another clear example of Democrats’ commitment to fair, equal and unabridged access to the vote, and a sign of Biden’s dedication to expanding voting rights during his term.
“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have that vote counted,” the president said. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”