Watch live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to give voting rights address

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June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is scheduled to give a policy address Friday addressing voting rights and legislation passed by states to place new restrictions at the ballot box.

Garland said the department would take "concrete steps to secure the fundamental right to vote for all America," according to Axios.

The address is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

During a speech in Tulsa, Okla. earlier this month, President Joe Biden urged voting rights groups to begin "to redouble their efforts to register and educate voters." He asked Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the effort to protect voting rights.

Since the 2020 presidential election, in which President Donald Trump fanned false allegations of voting fraud, numerous Republican-led states have changed laws to make it more difficult to vote.

Republicans said the laws make elections more secure, while Democrats say they aim to disenfranchise voters.

While the House has passed federal voter protections, the legislation is in peril in the Senate, where Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would break from his party to oppose it.

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