WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement of support ahead of a Senate vote to begin consideration of S.1, the For the People Act. The Senate is scheduled to vote on whether to advance the bill later today.

“I strongly support today’s vote to begin debate on the For the People Act – a comprehensive bill that protects our elections and the bedrock right of every American to vote.

“Close to 400 bills to restrict voting rights have been introduced in state legislatures across the country this year. This makes it harder for all Americans – Republicans and Democrats – to access the ballot box and runs counter to our democracy. The American people overwhelmingly support commonsense measures to ensure that voting is accessible and secure, and I’m committed to finding solutions however possible to combat efforts to disenfranchise voters and protect the fundamental right to vote.”