The attorney general said the DOJ will fight back as Republican-led state legislatures pass voting restrictions because of Donald Trump's voter fraud lies.
“African-Americans in West Virginia could be his Achilles' heel,”said Owens Brown, president of the West Virginia NAACP.
"Our democracy is too important to be sacrificed at the altar of archaic and anti-democratic Senate procedures such as the filibuster," the group told the senator.
“With voting rights under attack in 48 out of 50 state legislatures ... , the moment has never been more urgent," Abrams wrote in a push for the For the People Act.
Manchin's opposition to a sweeping package of voting reforms has left Democrats scrambling to figure out a path forward on protecting voting rights.
Activists left a meeting with the pivotal West Virginia Democrat knowing they need to do more to persuade him.
Even senators who nominally support the bill are open to amending it in order to advance voting rights.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he would vote against his own party’s election reform bill because Republicans didn’t support it.
The West Virginia senator's unwillingness to back legislation without Republican support could jeopardize Democrats' ability to pass key bills.
2021 is on pace to be the worst year for U.S. voter suppression laws since 2011, and activists are worried that Democrats aren't responding aggressively enough.