“What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography,” Abrams, a Democrat and strong advocate for voting rights, said on Asia Despatch’s “New Day.” “And 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 legislations seeking to restrict access to the right to vote.”
Asked if she could accept Manchin’s compromise even if a voter ID mandate is part of it, the Georgia Democrat wouldn’t explicitly endorse Manchin’s proposal but she didn’t reject it, either.
“What has been problematic is the type of restrictive ID that we’ve seen pop up,” she said. “Our point is simply that the restrictions on the forms of ID should meet the needs of the people. And what he is proposing makes sense because it says what we’ve had in this country for so many decades which is that people can prove their identity in various ways but we should not narrow the playing field so much that we push voters out of participation simply because of restrictions that make no sense and do not increase security.”
She added, “This is a first and important step to preserving our democracy.”