CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A number of West Virginia political and hard work leaders voiced their reinforce for the Freedom to Vote Act in a rally Tuesday.
The balloting and elections invoice, which is co-sponsored through U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) failed to advance within the Senate over GOP opposition on Oct. 21.
West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword spoke on the rally outdoor the Kanawha County Voter Registration Administrative center and mentioned the invoice would deal with questions in regards to the integrity of elections.
“It addresses the ones, it fixes the ones. It creates nationwide requirements around the spectrum on how other sides of our democratic procedure paintings,” Sword mentioned.
MetroNews detailed the act on Oct. 17 pointing out it comprises a couple of provisions, together with the enactment of automated voter registration in each and every state, permitting same-day voter registration, setting up a national usual for identity in states the place required, bettering get right of entry to to mail-in poll drop bins, and permitting 15 days of early balloting in federal elections. The measure does now not come with language on public financing, which Manchin antagonistic when a part of the For the Other people Act.
American Federation of Academics-West Virginia President Fred Albert was once in attendance Tuesday and helps it.
“We educate our scholars always that their voice is their vote and their vote is their voice. We don’t need anything else that may remove from their voice. We want to make balloting rights more uncomplicated, the balloting procedure more uncomplicated for our electorate now not harder,” Albert mentioned.
Sword hopes it’s handed quicker fairly than later.
“As we transfer into subsequent yr’s election we’re all taking part in underneath the principles and rules, now not the ones made up through one crew or any other,” he mentioned.
Others who spoke on the rally integrated: Delegate Jim Barach (D-Kanawha), Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha), former West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and Becky Ceperley, former nationwide president of the League of Girls Citizens.
Elaine Harris of the Communications Staff of The us and Bolts Willis of the United Mine Staff of The us additionally participated.