Amy Walter and Errin Haines on voting rights legislation and the filibuster

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Judy Woodruff:

So, Errin, the issues don’t get much more important than voting rights this year for the Democrats.

If they’re not able to hold their ranks together on this, what does it say?

Errin Haines, Editor at Large, The 19th News: Well, what it says is — especially to Democratic voters, is that they’re questioning what it is that they voted for.

Democrats asked these voters during the 2020 election to do whatever it took, to get creative, to really fight for this democracy and to hand them the Democratic majority that they now have in Congress, and also the presidency and the vice presidency.

And so those voters are now looking to their elected officials, especially at the federal level, and expecting results. They don’t care about things like the filibuster or budget reconciliation. They don’t know what those things mean. They only know that they expect that their vote should be counted, and protecting or expanding voting rights is certainly a way that they would expect those — their votes to be counted.

And so this is a very frustrating thing for a lot of the voters that I talked to, not to mention the organizers, the activists who galvanized so many of those voters, even in the midst of a pandemic, to turn out in the record numbers that gave Democrats and majority.

But, for now, a lot of those folks do not feel like Democrats are governing as if they are the ones who just won the election in 2020.

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