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CHICAGO (WLS) — Dozens of cars took part in a caravan at Rainbow PUSH Headquarters as part of a protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The group is rallying leaders to pass voting legislation which they believe it’s pivotal in the fight for equal voting rights.

Members of the “Chicago Coalition” gathered this morning at the corner of 51st Street and King Drive to throw their support for the new Freedom to Vote Act, which would create a national standard for voting access.

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“I’m proud to see everybody out here today on this very chilly day,” said one of the protesters. “I’m proud to see Black folks here, Brown folks here, people from the South Side, people, from the West side people from the North Side all united around this demand for our right to vote, around this demand to protect our democracy which is currently under attack.”

Since the 2020 election, 19 states have passed 34 bills tightening voting rules, including shortening the window for mail-in voting and imposing tougher ID requirements. Now, there is mounting pressure on President Biden to ensure voter access to ballots before the November mid-term elections.

The Freedom to Vote Act would create a national standard for voting access, like enabling early voting, two weeks prior to Election Day and allow voters to return mail-in ballots in-person to a polling place or dropbox and more.

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Not everyone agrees with the act, Republicans argue it may threaten election security and election integrity and that states should be able to set their own voting rules.

Still, President Biden is urging lawmakers to move forward and pass the legislation,

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