The bill proposed by House Democrats would make a lot of the nightmares of the 2020 presidential election a permanent feature of Americans’ voting life.
House Democrats proposed a bill, called “For the People Act of 2021,” which would institute measures that they claim would “expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.”
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“Fortifying” the election might sound similar to the same verbiage used by radical groups, labor unions, and giant corporations that schemed in the background to interfere in the 2020 election and beyond to destroy Trump.
Therefore, “For the Democrats Act of 2021” would be a more suitable name for the legislation!
One of its major provisions is it would normalize counting ballots after Election Day.
According to an observer:
“The bill prohibits any laws from being constructed that would forbid states from counting ballots received over 10 days after an election.”
The bill says:
“Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit a State from having a law that allows for counting of ballots in an election for Federal office that are received through the mail after the date that is 10 days after the date of the election.”
This might mean that it will allow states to make such changes to their own election laws, but it is effectively an admission that the Constitutional authority lay with Congress to set an Election Day.
The Constitution center noted:
“On occasion, Congress has exercised its power to ‘make or alter’ rules concerning congressional elections, and some of its laws lie at the very heart of the modern electoral process. It has established a single national Election Day for congressional elections.”
In case states choose so, this bill would hand over that authority to set an Election Day and open the federal elections up for a week-and-a-half.
This is also an implicit admission that late-arriving ballots accepted in Pennsylvania due to the ruling of the state Supreme Court were highly constitutionally questionable.
Congress claims that it has the constitutional authority to enact changes to election law since it contains “structural racism” that must be remedied by Congress.
The bill continues:
“Congress finds that it has the authority pursuant to section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to protect the right to vote. Congress also finds that States and localities have eroded access to the right to vote through restrictions on the right to vote including excessively onerous voter identification requirements, burdensome voter registration procedures, voter purges, limited and unequal access to voting by mail, polling place closures, unequal distribution of election resources, and other impediments.
Congress also finds that it has authority to legislate to eliminate racial discrimination in voting and the democratic process pursuant to both section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which grants equal protection of the laws, and section 2 of the Fifteenth Amendment, which explicitly bars denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. “
The bill also notes:
“Congress finds that racial discrimination in access to voting and the political process persists. Voting restrictions, redistricting, and other electoral practices and processes continue to disproportionately impact communities of color in the United States and do so as a result of both intentional racial discrimination, structural racism, and the ongoing structural socioeconomic effects of historical racial discrimination.”
The Heritage Foundation refutes the claims of advantages to changes to the Democrats’ recurring proposals to American elections law.
When it comes to the similar 2019 version, Heritage argues that the bill would “seize the authority of states to regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.”
Kay James, in a column, “Don’t Turn 2020’s Election Problems Into Law”, criticizes the 2021 “For the People Act:
“In 2016, I watched with dismay as some on the left questioned the integrity of the process that elected Donald Trump as president. They boldly declared that he was illegitimate, promptly launched the ‘Resist’ movement, and called for the end of the Electoral College.
Now I watch as the fraud, mismanagement and last-minute election rules changes that occurred in 2020 have caused those on the right to question the electoral process and Joe Biden’s legitimacy as president. In other words, hardly anyone—Democrats, Republicans and independents—trusts the process anymore, and legitimate concerns exist about the fairness and accuracy of our election.”
“Citizens are demanding that their elected leaders do something. Yet a bill currently in Congress, ironically called the For the People Act (H.R. 1), would only make things worse. It would create a federal takeover of elections and force changes to election laws that would actually allow for greater fraud and election tampering.
Firstly, federalizing elections is a bad idea. Placing more power with the federal government just makes it easier for fraud, corruption, and abuse to be housed in one place.”
She then reasons:
“Secondly, H.R. 1’s proposed changes to election laws do exactly the opposite of creating trust. Under H.R. 1, no one has to prove they are who they say they are in order to vote. It essentially outlaws voter ID laws and other identity verification procedures. It severely restricts the ability of states to check the eligibility of individuals registering to vote. It prevents states from participating in programs that compare state voter registration lists to detect individuals registered in multiple states. And it keeps them from removing many ineligible voters from their voter rolls.
Common sense election integrity measures such as requiring voter ID, not allowing non-citizens to vote, and making sure people can’t vote more than once in an election have nothing to do with suppressing the vote.”
National polls have found lingering high levels of voter distrust in America’s elections legitimacy, among both Republicans and Independents.
In early February, a Morning Consult reported on a Jan. 22-25 survey of 1,990 registered voters nationwide:
“Republican trust in elections ticks down again: 33 percent of GOP voters say they trust U.S. elections, down from 38 percent last week.”
These numbers largely tracked with Rasmussen’s, which showed that even 30% of Democrats in the mid-November poll believed that it was likely “Democrats stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots” in several states to win.
Later this month, an AP-NORC poll demonstrated that an alarming number of Republicans thought that Biden was not a “legitimate” president.
The AP reported:
“About two-thirds of Republicans say Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president, according to a new poll conducted barely two weeks after he was inaugurated.”
Apparently, the House’s “For the People Act” would add little legitimacy to U.S. elections based on voter integrity and security initiatives. The advantages of the bill include provisions on mandating paper ballots be printed so that election workers have a paper trail to verify. Yet, much more work needs to be done here.
Yet, these proposals won’t address the widespread concerns about election legitimacy, and they would weaken timely vote-processing, identification, and residential authentication standards.
To sum it all up, it seems that the bill will only make the 2020 election debacle a recurring aspect of American life.
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Source: Becker News