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Senators, West Virginia’s secretary of state, reject federal voter reform bill

By Taylor Stuck, The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Though some measures are popular among the American public, West Virginia officials are standing against the For the People Act, which is making its way through Congress.

The Democrats’ election overhaul would effectively neuter voter ID laws, put in place national automatic voter registration and prohibit partisan gerrymandering.

While Republicans, including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., oppose the legislation, moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., oppose rewriting Senate rules to pass the proposal with simple 51-vote majority. Right now, it need 60 votes to clear a Republican filibuster.

Manchin on Wednesday expressed support for a narrower voting bill — one that would restore the requirement that the Justice Department “pre-clear” voting restrictions. His endorsement could be a sign of growing support for that measure — although it, too, would need Republican votes or a change in Senate rules…

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