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WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The U.S. Senate failed to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a blow to Democrats — but not unexpectedly.

Despite failing to pass the legislation on several occasions, Democrats have vowed not to give up.

“Senate Democrats fighting for the right to vote aren’t done,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.

After yet another failure to advance federal voting rights legislation, Democrats may decide to split the legislation into individual bills. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) says there are provisions he strongly favors.

“Mail-in voting started in Oregon and started bipartisan,” Wyden said.

Since the 2020 election, dozens of states have passed or are trying to pass laws that Democrats say restrict voting.

“We were making a lot of progress until Donald Trump came along and started telling lies about voting by mail,” Wyden added.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) countered by claiming that Democrats lie about passing laws in Republican-controlled states.

“They shouldn’t engage in a similar lie that Republicans across the country are making it much harder for minorities to vote,” Romney said.

Earlier this week, Romney said Democrats should focus on working with Republicans on what he sees as the real threat to the election.

“It is the corruption of the counting of ballots, the certification of elections and the provisions of Congress to accept and count a list of voters,” he said.

Romney and other Republicans seem open to reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to make it harder to nullify future election results.

Democrats, including the White House, support the bill.

“We always wanted to make it clear that this was not a substitute for voting rights legislation,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

But some Democrats say that point is moot if voting is unfairly restricted and they will continue to push for increased ballot access.

“The thing is, if people can’t vote initially, you don’t even get to that stage,” Wyden said.

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