WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) announced on Tuesday that it plans to invest $10 million into efforts to protect voters and expand ballot access in the lead-up to the 2022 elections. The committee is launching a program called “Defend the Vote” in a move to combat Republican efforts across the country to suppress the vote through disenfranchising laws and limiting access to the ballot box. The program will provide funding for litigation against these laws, on-the-ground organizers to help register voters and a public information campaign to highlight Republican suppression efforts.
The $10 million is an initial investment that could increase before the midterms. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the chair of the DSCC, introduced the effort in a statement on Tuesday. “Republicans have launched an unprecedented campaign to restrict voting rights, but we are fighting back — and the DSCC will use every tool at our disposal to protect Americans’ right to participate in our democracy.”