LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Members of Blue Acadiana and Indivisible Acadiana rallied today outside of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy’s office in Lafayette to announce their support of the For the People’s Act.
The act was created to expand Americans’ access to the ballot, reduce the influence of money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules. Sen. Cassidy has previously said that he does not support the act.
Blue Acadiana, a local democratic group, gathered on the corner of Pinhook and La Rue France, to denounce the senator’s decision.
“A free and fair election is the bloodline of America, of our democracy and our democracy, is on the line. It's not a red or blue issue, it's not a democrat or republican issue. It is a right and wrong issue, and they're on the wrong side, and they need to do their job,” Lenora Meaux, the president of Blue Acadiana, said.
Meaux believes that this act will make voting better.
“More participation in the American way, if you participate, then you have your vested in your country. But if they restrict voting. How does that make people feel that we're not getting them to vote because of their actions?” Meaux said.
Christina Menard, a member of Indivisible Acadiana, agrees.
“People who have committed felonies have paid their time and also have a period a grace period, they should be able to vote, they have paid their time, it is time for them to be able to become full citizens again,” Menard said.
Menard said that a “yes” to this act can make voting accessible to all.
“Some people work two jobs, you work two jobs, you may not be able to go from seven in the morning seven at night, you might have to work two jobs, also people that are handicapped, we had a handicapped person here. He may not have access to all the places we want to make sure all the places are accessible,” Meaux said.
The U.S. Senate will return to session on Monday, July 12.