WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a speech at her alma mater Howard University on Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is investing $25 million into an expanded voting rights initiative, “I Will Vote.” The announcement comes as Republicans across the country continue to pass voter suppression legislation, the Republican National Committee puts its legal manpower behind defending these laws in court and the midterm elections approach at the end of next year.
Vice President Harris was tapped by President Biden earlier this year to lead the administration’s voting rights efforts. “We want to help to make sure your vote is counted, and that is because our democracy is strongest when everyone participates and … our democracy as a nation is weaker, when people are left out,” said the Vice President in her speech. The $25 million investment joins a previous commitment from DNC Chair Jamie Harrison of $20 million. Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action also pledged to spend $20 million to fight back against voter suppression efforts.