LeBron James Narrates Campaign to Protect Black Voting Rights
Mar 11 2021
Why it matters: Carter's voiced opposition comes after the state Senate passed a bill Monday that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting and require more voter ID, creating new obstacles for voters after Republicans lost both the presidential and U.S. Senate elections.
Spokesmen for Reynolds did not immediately respond to a message.
On March 3, 2021, a left-leaning Twitter account posted the below-displayed image that alleged the Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow law enforcement officers to criminalize volunteers who give free food or water to voters standing in line at polling sites on Election Day.
"No amount of politically-motivated lawsuits backed by Washington liberal elites will stop Iowa House Republicans from working to ensure the integrity of our election system", Grassley said.
A spokesman for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller declined to comment.
The bill passed through committee unanimously and officials believe it will likely be passed by the Senate to become state law.
The lawsuit claims none of the provisions of the new law will make elections more secure or increase public confidence in the electoral process. It claims the bill will suppress votes among those people. "The group is kicking off a campaign named Protect Our Power, which, in addition to fighting these laws in states across the country, will look to mobilize Black voters in off-year and municipal elections". In reality, these provisions make voting more hard for essential workers, minimum wage workers and those in the Black and Hispanic community.
"They saw what we're capable of", James continues narrating, as images of Black Lives Matter protests flash on the screen, "and they fear it".
Before we address the bill directly, some context: Because some people in the state's urban areas must often wait in long lines to cast ballots, voting rights groups and other volunteers have served pizza, chips, hot chocolate, and other food to keep people comfortable and prevent them from leaving before they vote. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn called the legislation "harmful", while Reynolds said it promotes "more transparency and accountability, giving Iowans even greater confidence to cast their ballot". State lawmakers across the country have filed more than 200 bills in 43 states that would limit ballot access in future elections, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, which tracks such data.
On Friday, James released a powerful message in tandem with his More Than A Vote initiative, taking direct aim at one side of the highly polarized political conversation in the United States.