By the numbers: Lawmakers sponsoring most voting bills
Senators and House members have introduced 59 bills with multiple sponsors this Congress that mention issues like ballot access, election integrity, absentee voting, voter registration, voter identification and mail-in ballots, according to data from Quorum.
Why it matters: Efforts to change voting laws and end the filibuster are coming to a head this week with an initial vote on Democrats' sweeping election legislation — the For the People Act — scheduled for Tuesday.
- One bill not introduced so far during the 117th Congress: the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) supports.
- It would restore some voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.
The big picture: While Democrats are failing to get the support needed to pass major voting legislation in Congress, Republican state lawmakers have introduced hundreds of voting bills this legislative year.
- They include measures that could make it harder for some people to vote.
- As of mid-May, 14 states had enacted 22 of these laws, according to the Brennan Center.