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The House had passed a version of the bill in March.(Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The vote ended in a 50-50 deadlock along the party lines
  • The Democrats needed 60 votes to even begin debate
  • The Senate was taking up an amended version of the legislation that passed the House in March

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President Joe Biden has his task cut out. (Photo Credit: AFP File)

  • With the Senate deadlocked 50-50, there is zero margin for defection
  • Republican state legislatures have ramped up what they ostensibly call voter integrity initiatives
  • Manchin warned that Joe Biden's voting reform bill amounts to "partisan voting legislation

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Joe Biden promised last week to fight "like heck" for passage of the legislation. (Photo: AFP)

  • The election reform bill was passed in the House in March
  • Democrats say the bill amends Republican-backed changes that curb voting rights
  • The bill has also faced protests from key Democratic quarters