Rep. Joyce Beatty arrested during voting rights protest at Senate office building

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from The Washington Post,

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus was arrested Thursday along with several activists as she protested in a Senate office building for voting rights.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) and leaders of several groups demonstrated and chanted in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building before they were arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police.

Speakers voiced frustration that the Senate has not passed the For the People Act, a far-reaching bill that would provide minimum standards for early voting, vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration, overriding many of the provisions in new Republican state laws. The measure also would impose federal mandates for nonpartisan congressional redistricting and public campaign financing.

They also called for Senate passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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