Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was wrong to oppose the Democrats' new voting rights bill, argues Jonathan Chait of MSN News. He tried to justify his decision, citing a desire for bipartisanship, but the country's current voting laws put us on the path to more partisan elections. Manchin himself declared that politicized voting laws would destroy US democracy, yet he is wasting a change to fix this. The proposed legislation would help ensure that future elections are more secure and shielded from partisan meddling. Republicans oppose it because they know it would weaken their advantages. With his choice, Manchin harms American democracy while claiming to defend it.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin made the right call opposing Democrats' voting rights reforms, holds Justin Haskins of The Hill. Their "For the People" Act would have weakened election safety and severely undermined US democracy. It would remove measures to ensure that voters provide a valid ID, opening the door to many kinds of voter fraud. States would have been forced to allow anyone to vote without proving who they are. If this legislation goes through, it would further undermine Americans' trust in elections, and rightly so. Manchin rightly understood that this partisan bill is an attempt by Democrats to give themselves an advantage during future elections.