Biden calls voting restrictions 'unpatriotic' but 'not unprecedented'

President Joe Biden addressed American voting rights in a speech Tuesday afternoon at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.

“The denial of a full and free election is the most un-American thing, the most undemocratic, the most unpatriotic,” Biden said. “But unfortunately, this is not unprecedented.”

Biden touched on the lie that the US election was stolen and referred to several court cases due to lack of evidence. “The big lie is just that. One big lie.”

The speech comes just weeks after the US Supreme Court upheld a controversial Voter Restriction Laws in Arizona, a promising decision for 16 other Republican-led states that passed similar laws this year, should those states explore their cases before the court. Major tech companies — including Amazon, Apple and Google — have Spoke against Georgia election law In a statement signed by hundreds of CEOs and companies in April this year.

Biden said the decision “undermined the Voting Rights Act.” He took the opportunity to highlight the merits of legislative bill HR 1, For the People Act: “The court’s decision, as damaging as it is, does not limit Congress’ ability to repair damages.”

The bill aims to increase voting access and limit the effect of gerrymandering.

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