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Conservatives are warning Americans that congressional Democrats’ latest scheme, the so-called “For the People Act” (H.R. 1), is anything but for the actual American people.
Ostensibly designed to make elections fairer and more “equitable,” the bill would, in fact, federalize America’s election system, thus stripping states of the election-management powers granted to them by the Constitution.
In a piece for Fox News, Florida freshman Rep. Byron Donalds bluntly described H.R. 1 as “Democrats’ latest attempt to disregard the Constitution in their ruthless power grab in the form of ‘election reform.'”
“This unconstitutional resolution would strip states of their constitutional responsibility as the referees of their elections by subverting local and state rules with the rule of coastal elitist politicians,” he wrote.
“Election law, like most laws, cannot be solved by imposing one-size-fits-all policies. Since entering Congress less than two months ago, I have witnessed first-hand D.C. politicians’ disingenuous efforts to package lousy policy under the guise of flashy slogans and hashtags that ring hollow. ” he added.
The “For the People Act” should be called the “For the Swamp Act.”
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 17, 2021
Sound familiar? When the coronavirus pandemic erupted last spring, Democrats demanded then-President Donald Trump impose a one-size-fits-all lockdown on all states, regardless of the coronavirus’s uneven spread across the country.
Similarly, Democrats now want to impose a one-size-fits-all “election reform” solution on all states, despite each individual state’s unique concerns and needs.
Like Democrats’ dreams of a nationwide lockdown, H.R. 1 isn’t anything new. It’s been circulating among Democrats since at least 2019, though only now do they possess the power to actually bring it to fruition.
Back in 2019, the Heritage Foundation prepared an extensive report documenting what the bill would do.
View the report below, or access it directly here:
It’d force all states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration and no-fault/no-excuse absentee balloting.
The latter stipulation, no-fault/no-excuse absentee balloting, would grant state residents the right to request an absentee ballot without providing a legitimate reason.
After Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, implemented no-fault/no-excuse absentee balloting two years ago, critics accused him of having basically instituted universal mail-in voting by disguising it as no-excuse absentee voting.
These are the more obvious/easily observable aspects of the bill. The more sinister aspects are buried out of sight.
“Hidden in this nearly 600-page monstrosity is the ability to do the following: Dissolve voter I.D. laws; give Washington bureaucrats the power to redraw congressional districts and create voter qualifications such as allowing 16-year-olds to vote; open the door to taxpayer-funded political campaigns, and set up fraud-prone mail-in ballots as the new standard of voting,” according to Donalds.
Worse, H.R. 1 would change “the Federal Election Commission’s membership to five members, effectively giving the Democrats complete control over the future of America’s sole enforcer of campaign finance laws in the United States.”
Here’s more of what H.R. would do, courtesy of the Heritage Foundation:
- Control political speech: “Expand regulation and government censorship of campaigns and political activity and speech, including online and policy-related speech.”
- Make it easier to commit fraud: “Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and remove ineligible voters.”
- Unconstitutionally recruit more Democrat voters: “Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote the moment they are out of prison.”
- Inflate ballot counts: “Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their assigned precinct.”
- Count illegals: “[M]andate inclusion of alien population, both legal and illegal, in all redistricting.”
As a resident of Florida, a Republican-run state that’s jumped through hoops to strengthen its own election system, Donalds is particularly offended by H.R. 1.
“Florida has enhanced its voter system through state and local leadership, not federal. We have been able to offer solicited absentee voting with proper safeguards such as signature verification, requiring voter I.D., and maintaining up-to-date voter rolls to ensure that the only ballots are from eligible citizens,” he wrote.
These efforts continue to this day. Last week Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his own legislation “to safeguard the sanctity of Florida elections.” And unlike H.R. 1, which it seems would make it easier than ever before to cheat in an election, the governor’s bill would make it harder to commit fraud or any other malfeasance.
“Today, we are taking action to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting and more,” DeSantis said Friday.
“By strengthening these election integrity protections, we will ensure that our elections remain secure and transparent, and that Florida’s electoral process remains a blueprint for other states to follow,” he added.
Today, I’m excited to announce new initiatives to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting and more. https://t.co/LwAWHKETnA
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 19, 2021
Donalds concluded his Fox News piece by arguing that states need to look to leaders like DeSantis for inspiration, not the power-hungry bureaucrats in Washington.
“There is a dire need for reform in many states, but they don’t need the help of Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. States should look to Florida as the best model for managing and executing elections,” he wrote.
“Our constitutional republic’s integrity can only thrive if the chief executive and our representatives are democratically elected by eligible voters,” he added.