The 2020 election was a pivotal moment for the United States and election security. The election exposed several concerning issues in both congressional races and the presidential election. My race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District was not certified for almost 100 days after New Yorkers cast their votes in November.
It’s clear that our nation needs commonsense reforms to ensure fair, accurate and transparent elections and restore confidence.
In March, House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the so-called For the People Act. This partisan bill is an unconstitutional power grab that would codify some of these worst policies from the 2020 election while also opening the floodgates for almost anyone, including ineligible votes, to be counted.
H.R. 1 would ban commonsense voter ID laws from being enacted, permit convicted non-citizens and felons to vote, give away taxpayer dollars to fund campaigns, and dramatically expand automatic voter registration – a giveaway to political operatives seeking to boost their ballot harvesting operations.
This bill would be a disaster for election integrity. H.R. 1 isn’t for the people, it’s for the politicians.
Fortunately, H.R. 1 has hit a wall in the Senate. Its passage depended on every Democrat supporting it, in addition to at least 10 Republicans. But just last week, Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, announced he would oppose the bill, dealing it a final blow.
With H.R. 1’s prospects fading, Democrats, including Manchin, are shifting their attention to H.R.4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. But don’t be fooled, H.R. 4 is just as bad as the For the People Act.
This substitute legislation is yet another highly partisan bill. It masquerades as a cure to end racial discrimination, but instead, centralizes election control in the federal government and, in effect, enacts the worst aspects of H.R. 1.
The Democrats are attempting to pull a bait and switch on the American people. H.R. 4, like H.R. 1, would federalize our election system, give more power to unelected career bureaucrats in Washington, and unconstitutionally erode the ability of states to oversee and administer elections.
The Democrats’ attempt to pass H.R. 4 and overturn Shelby v. Holder is clearly unconstitutional and merely a justification for Democrats to claw back power from states.