Headline RoundupMarch 7th, 2021

Biden Signs Executive Order Aimed At Promoting Voting Rights

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday to improve voter rights on the 56th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a protest for voters’ rights in Selma, Alabama that was met with violence. The White House says the order is an "initial step" towards improving access to voter registration services and information, helping federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and election information, and pushing an overhaul of the government’s Vote.gov website. It also includes a provision to provide voting access and education to citizens in federal custody. Biden also called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law in 1965 following the Bloody Sunday protests, and to pass the For the People Act, which was approved by the House Wednesday in a near party-line vote. The executive order received wide coverage from outlets across the political spectrum. Coverage from some right-rated outlets tended to highlight the aspect of the bill that gives voting access to those in federal custody. Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to analyze the contents of the order, while also detailing the history of Bloody Sunday.

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