Biden to Meet With Civil Rights Groups to Discuss Voting Rights

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President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with civil rights groups at the White House on Thursday to discuss voting rights legislation that has stalled in Congress due to Republican opposition.

Biden is set to host leadership from groups including the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the National Action Network, to discuss how to advance the legislation, according to a person familiar with the plans, who asked not to be named discussing internal deliberations.

Also on Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris -- who is spearheading the administration’s efforts on voting rights -- is scheduled to speak at Howard University, her alma mater, to launch an expansion of the Democratic National Committee’s “I Will Vote” campaign. That effort aims to fight voter suppression and flip Republican-held seats in the 2022 midterm elections, according to another person.

Republican-led state legislatures across the U.S. have passed bills making it tougher to vote in response to widely debunked claims by former President Donald Trump that widespread voter fraud -- particularly in cities with large Black and Hispanic populations -- led to his November loss to Biden.

Two pieces of legislation to expand access to the ballot have stalled in Congress.

Biden used a visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month -- commemorating the 100-year anniversary of a massacre of Black Americans -- to call for voting rights legislation to be passed. At the time, he announced that Harris, the first woman and Black vice president, would lead the administration’s efforts.

CNN reported the Thursday meetings earlier.

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