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Stephen Curry gives Senate full-court press on voting rights

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry plays a game against the Orlando Magic
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Stephen Curry says he’s not just a Golden State Warriors player, he’s also on “Team Democracy,” pushing the Senate to pass Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

“We’ve got some work to do,” the NBA star says in a video message released Wednesday by the anti-corruption organization RepresentUs.

“After a huge turnout in the 2020 election, 19 states enacted 33 different laws to make it harder for their citizens to vote,” Curry says into the camera. “We need everyone to call their senators and tell them you want to see the Freedom to Vote Act passed, so we all can make our voices heard,” he urges.

Both the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act passed through the House, but Democrats have repeatedly come up short in their push to get the two bills through the 50-50 Senate.

The Freedom to Vote bill would overhaul federal elections, giving all voters access to a minimum of 15 early voting days and same-day registration, expand mail-in voting and make Election Day a federal holiday, among other measures.

Curry’s push comes less than a week before Congress is scheduled to go on recess on Dec. 13.

“Steph Curry gets it. The NBA community gets it. And this video will help millions of Americans get it,” RepresentUs CEO Josh Silver said in a statement. “With the clock running out, we’ve got one last shot to pass this historic bill. The Freedom to Vote Act is a slam dunk for democracy, and senators must do what it takes to pass it.”

Several big names have joined RepresentUs’s efforts in recent months urging lawmakers to pass the voting rights legislation — Mark Ruffalo starred in an “electile dysfunction” digital campaign, while Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom starred in a short dystopian film earlier this year warning Americans to “save democracy while you can.”

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