President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s efforts on voting rights in a speech Tuesday on the Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma.
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“I’m asking Vice President Harris to help these efforts, to lead them among her many other responsibilities. With her leadership and your support, we’re going to overcome again — I promise you. It’s going to take a hell of a lot of work,” Biden said.
“It is the responsibility of the federal government to expand access to, and education about, voter registration and election information, and to combat misinformation, to enable all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy,” the order read.
Speaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, where 300 Black people were killed when a white mob attacked the Greenwood district, known as “Black Wall Street” for its thriving businesses, Biden urged voting groups to “redouble their efforts” to register and educate voters. He declared June a “month of action” for Congress to take up voting rights legislation.
The president called voting a “sacred right under assault with incredible intensity like I’ve never seen,” as several GOP-led states have enacted voting restrictions since the 2020 election.
Harris put out a statement following the announcement saying that voting rights were “under assault” in the U.S. as more than 300 election security bills across the nation had been introduced since the 2020 election. She, like Biden, called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people, and I will work with voting rights organizations, community organizations, and the private sector to help strengthen and uplift efforts on voting rights nationwide. And we will also work with members of Congress to help advance these bills,” the vice president said.
“The work ahead of us is to make voting accessible to all American voters and to make sure every vote is counted through a free, fair, and transparent process. This is the work of democracy,” Harris added.