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Alliance San Diego praises Biden in fight to pass voting rights legislation

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wave as they depart after speaking in support of changing the Senate filibuster rules to ensure the right to vote is defended, at Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Atlanta.

President Joe Biden gave an impassioned speech in Atlanta on Tuesday, urging the Senate to pass two long-awaited voting rights bills.

KPBS Midday Edition was joined on Wednesday by Chris Wilson, associate director of Alliance San Diego, a local organization that has encouraged voter registration and participation across San Diego County. Wilson weighed in on the president's speech.

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"I felt like his tone and tenor was what the country needed to hear to understand what's going on across this country, and how the things that are happening, especially around voter rights, voter suppression, are tearing at our democracy," Wilson said.

Though California has not passed voter restriction laws recently, as many other states have, Wilson maintains the issue still exists here, and uses San Diego's recent move to vote centers as an example.

"So we still need to be vigilant here in California, and we need to be vigilant here in San Diego. As you are probably aware, San Diego is moving to a vote center model for our elections, which is a huge change and departure from what we've done in the last 40 years," Wilson said.

He says in making the move to vote centers we have to make sure the information about how and where to vote gets out to all San Diegans.