U.S. Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement today after the Republican-led Congress introduced and voted for H.R. 672 called Terminating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) which was established in response to the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida. The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with improving the conduct of elections in America to ensure that every vote counts.
Already this year, Republican-led legislatures in states such as Alabama, South Carolina and Wisconsin have approved legislation enacting stringent new requirements for IDs that voters show at the polls, as well as imposing restrictions on early voting which is especially critical for working families who may not be able to vote on Election Day.
"A mean-spirited effort is underway in the halls of Congress and in state legislatures throughout the nation to make voting a more difficult right," said U.S. Rep. Karen Bass. "Democrats will fight with a united voice and an untiring sense of purpose to make sure every vote always counts."
Bass added, "There can be no tolerance for voter suppression and the disenfranchisement of any voter, no matter their class, race or ethnicity is highly objectionable and fundamentally wrong. Democrats will not allow voters to be silenced or intimidated at the ballot box."