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Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

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“It’s a real assault on democracy around the country…The country is being torn apart by those states that are encouraging people to vote and those states that are seeking to create obstacles and barriers.”

John Willis, former secretary of state of Maryland and a professor in the Political Science department at University of Baltimore, joins Two Way Talk to weigh in on the voting rights fight.

Click the audio to hear the discussion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights groups argue is vital for protecting democracy has collapsed.

The outcome late Wednesday in the Senate was a setback for President Joe Biden and his party after a raw, emotional debate.

Democrats were unable to change Senate rules to push past a Republican filibuster.

Biden has failed to persuade two holdout Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to change Senate rules for this one bill.

Advocates warn that new state laws are making it more difficult to vote in elections. Biden says he is disappointed but “not deterred.”