In one of the most alarming and far-reaching acts of the new Congress, the House of Representatives passed the For the People Act of 2021 (H.R. 1, the most comprehensive legislation on voting since the Voting Rights Act of 1965) by a vote of 220 to 210, with all Republicans voting against the measure. One Democrat, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, voted against it. The bill is now on the way to the Senate. The legislation was drafted without the input of state and local election officials who are responsible for administering elections in this country.
The legislation tramples on the constitutional right of states to control their elections. For example, the bill voids individual state voter-identification requirements and makes permanent the widespread mail-in voting that created so many doubts about election integrity last November. It also mandates states to offer online and same-day voter registration and creates an independent commission to draw congressional districts in each state, something that now is done by individual state legislatures.
In effect, this bill seeks to promote and expand the alleged voter fraud that was so controversial last year. It takes some things that were heretofore illegal and codifies them into law. Included in the act is mandatory automatic voter registration, restoring voting rights to people with completed felony sentences, and a reversal of state voter-ID laws that would allow citizens to make a sworn statement affirming their identity if they were unable to produce an ID.
President Biden praised the House action in a statement last week, saying it comes in "the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy." So much for being the President who unites the country. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, this legislation threatens the security and integrity of your own vote. It is unfair to people of all political stripes. But in an effort to ensure they stay in power, the Democrats in Congress appear to be perfectly fine with this unprecedented legislation that tramples on constitutional provisions, states’ rights, and individual citizens’ rights to free and fair elections.
Basically, it centralizes voting in America with the power structure of the federal government in Washington, D.C. Keep in mind, this is the same centralized government that cannot run a railroad, supervise mail delivery through the Post Office, and is incapable of balancing their own budget. It reminds one of a quip from President Reagan who said the nine most frightening words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Here are ten (but not all) of the key provisions in the bill:
Opponents said that after last year’s divisive election, the bill would further poison the political climate. As Rep. Andy Barr (KY-6) explains:
Election laws should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat, but this bill would not only make it easy to cheat, it would effectively make it legal to cheat. . . . At a time when half of Americans have lost confidence in the integrity of our elections, this bill will only drive distrust and division higher.
We must urge members of the United States Senate to reject this dangerous and unconstitutional legislation. That is the only way we can prevent these preposterous proposals from becoming the law of the land in the United States.
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