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Democrats are hoping to use social media to get voters to register for the 2020 election and prevent the GOP from gaining an advantage in states where women’s reproductive rights are more vulnerable.
The House and Senate Democrats unveiled a plan Tuesday that calls for expanding the voter registration drive and creating a voter-registration hotline for women and people of color.
The push comes as the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to expand voting rights for some women, and as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill that would have expanded voting rights to the elderly.
The Senate version of the Voting Rights Act would have created a new voter registration hotline for people of Color and extended voting rights beyond the elderly and people with disabilities.
Democrats also announced a proposal to provide more voting rights and help women and African-American women who lack a driver’s license.
Democrats argue that women are being disenfranchised by the lack of voter registration drives and that Republican leaders are trying to suppress women’s vote.
Democrats’ plan includes an extension of the registration deadline to Jan. 1, 2020.
They also want to extend the deadline for people to register to vote from 15 days to 120 days.
The bill would also make it easier for people who are not registered to register and would make it harder for people in rural areas to vote.
Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland said that the new registration requirements would make voter registration harder for African-Americans, women and other minorities.
“This bill is a direct response to the disenfranchisement of women, the disenfranchisaement of African- Americans, the discrimination of women and the discriminatory treatment of people with disability,” Edwards said in a statement.
“We are proud to support these reforms.”
Republicans have long fought efforts to increase voting rights in the country, arguing that voter fraud is widespread and that Democrats are using the law to suppress voters.
Democrats have also long argued that the GOP has used the law as a tool to suppress votes.
The latest voting rights push came as Republicans in Congress and in statehouses across the country pushed for stricter voting laws and tougher penalties for voting fraud.