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Stacey Abrams said on CNN Thursday that she could "absolutely" support the policy demands that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has outlined for a compromise on voting reform, including voter ID.

Why it matters: Abrams — a former candidate for Georgia governor and founder of Fair Fight Action, a group created to fight voter suppression — has been a leading voice on voting rights in the Democratic Party.

Driving the news: Manchin, the only Democratic senator who has not signed on to the party's voting rights legislation, released a series of policy demands related to the "For the People Act" on Wednesday.

  • They include banning partisan gerrymandering, requiring voter ID, having at least 15 consecutive days of early voting, and making Election Day a public holiday.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer triggered the process Wednesday night to begin voting on election reform — including a potential Manchin amendment — as soon as next week.

What she's saying: "What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography," Abrams said.

  • "Those provisions that he is setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state and, I think, will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict access to the right to vote."
  • Abrams called it a misconception fueled by Republicans that Democrats are opposed to voter ID: "No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote. It's been part of our nation's history since the inception of voting. What's been problematic is the type of restrictive I.D. that we've seen pop up."
  • "This is a first and important step to preserving our democracy. ... If Joe Manchin and the U.S. senators who support this legislation are willing to come together on a compromise, then we will make progress"

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Manchin outlines policy demands on election legislation

Sen. Joe Manchin listens during a hearing on June 15. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) outlined a list of policy demands on election legislation Wednesday, Politico reports, opening the door for potential compromise with his Democratic colleagues on their expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Manchin is the only Democratic senator who has not signed on to the voting rights bill, which he has said is too partisan.

Heinrich says he hopes Manchin sees "opportunity" in supporting infrastructure through reconciliation

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Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hopes that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sees the "opportunity" to build a more "prosperous West Virginia" by supporting an infrastructure bill that would only require 51 votes for passage, Heinrich told Axios at a virtual event on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Manchin, a moderate, is opposed to passing an infrastructure bill through the budget reconciliation process and wants a package negotiated that can earn the support of 10 Republicans.

Jun 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Group of 20 bipartisan senators back $1.2T infrastructure framework

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a meeting with Senate Budget Committee Democrats in the Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol building on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Majority Leader and Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee are meeting to discuss how to move forward with the Biden Administrations budget proposal. Photo: Samuel Corum / Getty Images

A group of 10 Democratic and 10 Republican senators (the "G20") tasked with negotiating an infrastructure deal with the White House has released a statement in support of a $1.2 trillion framework.

Why it matters: Details regarding the plan have not yet been released, but getting 10 Republicans on board means the bill could get the necessary 60 votes to pass.