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Demonstrators hold signs while walking during the March On for Washington and Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Thousands of people marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to urge the Senate to pass voting rights legislation and put pressure on state legislatures to expand voting access, NBC reports.

Driving the news: The March On for Voting Rights took place in D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and other cities "to demand that elected officials protect democracy, denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all through the passage of comprehensive federal legislation," per the group's website.

The big picture: The march falls on the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, when more than 200,000 marched in D.C. and heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • The marchers in Washington will convene at the Lincoln Memorial —where King delivered his speech in 1963.
In photos
Protesters pass the White House during a rally to demand protection for voting rights on Aug. 28. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators hold signs while walking during the March On for Washington and Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters rally to demand protection for voting rights on the 58th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on Aug. 28. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
A general view during the March On For Voting Rights at the King Center on Aug. 28 in Atlanta. Photo: Derek White/Getty Images
The Rev. Al Sharpton (center), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) (second from right) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) participate in the March On For Voting Rights Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Martin Luther King III speaks during the March On for Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers

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The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

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Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.