President Biden Signs ‘Bloody Sunday’ Executive Order To Expand Voting Rights

More than a half-century ago, civil rights demonstrators were beaten in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers during a march for voting rights. The late Congressman John Lewis suffered a skull fracture for what he would later call “good trouble.”

That Bloody Sunday in 1965 — 56 years ago — was marked this weekend by President Joe Biden signing an executive order to subjugate  voting access under federal control. Under the order, the president wants  federal agencies  to distribute voter registration and vote-by-mail ballot applications.

He also wants to give federal employees time off to vote or volunteer as poll workers, and overhaul the government’s Vote.gov website. The president’s move comes as some state legislatures are moving to tighten voting laws. Supporters say the changes are focused on stopping fraud, but critics say the changes will make it harder for people to vote.

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