WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) released a statement today affirming his support for voting reforms but stopping short of endorsing the sweeping For the People Act currently being considered in the Senate. Following loud and unwavering Republican opposition to the bill, Manchin highlighted some reforms included in S. 1 that he believes both parties could agree on:
- Requiring 15 days of early voting, including two weekend days.
- The DISCLOSE Act requiring corporate, union and organization leaders to disclose their involvement in political ad campaigns.
- The Honest Ads Act applying the disclosure requirements of print and broadcast ads to digital ads as well.
- The Secure Elections Act and Prevent Election Hacking Act to strengthen our defenses against foreign interference and misinformation in our elections.
- The Native American Voting Rights Act providing dedicated resources to efforts to expand voting access for Native Americans.
However, Manchin did not pledge his support for the multitude of other ambitious and historic proposals his fellow Democrats have put forth in the For the People Act. The statement serves as a reminder of the remaining hurdles that must be overcome in order to pass federal voting rights legislation — and how important it is to keep up the fight at the state level.