“I have spoken to Republican senators — both elected Republicans and Republican leaders,” the VP said about the For the People Act, a sweeping voting rights bill that stalled in the Senate.
“I’ve talked with [Republican Sen. Lisa] Murkowski about this issue,” she added.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, at least 14 states have passed laws that restrict voting access since May. The Justice Department is currently suing Georgia over a voting law the state enacted in April, alleging that the legislation specifically limits ballot access to Black voters.
Last week, Harris met with Black women leaders about the issue and spoke to Texas Democrats who broke quorum to block a controversial voting rights bill. According to CBS, she’s also planning to meet with Native American and Alaskan native leaders next week to discuss voting rights.
“There is a lot of work to be done. There is no question about that,” she said. “I join the chorus in saying that everyone has to approach this issue with a sense of urgency and a sense of deep-seated commitment to fighting against these efforts to suppress the vote.”