Pay close attention to the Senate, folks. After the “Build Back Broke” legislation stalled in the Senate shortly before Christmas, Democrat leaders over there are now trying to regroup on legislation to further weaken the integrity of our elections.
Last spring, I voted in strong opposition to the House’s version of this bill, called H.R. 1. It’s an awful piece of legislation for so many reasons. (We’ll talk details below.) But with Democrats in the majority, it still managed to pass the House.
Over in the Senate, many people thought this legislation wouldn’t get far because liberals don’t have the required 60 votes they need to move this bill along. However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is now talking about manipulating the rules in the Senate to get it passed with a simple majority. (Remember the Senate is split, 50-50, with the Vice President representing the tiebreaker for Democrats.)
If this legislation somehow manages to pass, it’ll fundamentally weaken our nation’s election integrity. For example, in the House’s version of the bill:
⛔ It essentially outlaws voter ID. Someone will literally be able to walk into a polling location, sign a piece of paper saying they’re someone else and cast a ballot for that other individual.
⛔ It uses taxpayer dollars to fund the campaigns of people running for federal office! It creates a 6-to-1 funding match for any contribution up to $200 in federal races. So if you’re a candidate whose ideas & values don’t resonate with voters and therefore can’t raise any money, don’t worry, Democrats will finance your campaign with taxpayer dollars.
⛔ It requires states to allow people to register ON election day, which of course will give election officials no time to validate the integrity of those registrations before those ballots are cast & counted.
⛔ It requires states to automatically register all individuals – not citizens, but “individuals” – using state and federal databases. Think about that. If non-citizens aren’t supposed to vote in federal elections, then why would a federal law mandate they be registered to vote?
⛔ It requires states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their assigned precincts. Imagine the problems and confusion this will cause throughout the nation.
⛔ It prohibits witness signature or notary requirements for absentee ballots. Why would you do that?!
⛔ It makes it more difficult for states to remove ineligible voters. For example, it places severe restrictions on the use of things like the U.S. Postal Service’s national change-of-address system to verify that someone has moved away.
⛔ It requires states to restore a convicted felons’ right to vote immediately after they leave prison, even if they have uncompleted parole, probation, or court-imposed restitution requirements.
In normal times, a bill like this wouldn’t see the light of day. But as I’ve said repeatedly, Democrats know they’re facing catastrophic losses in the election later this year, so they’re trying to lurch the country as far left as they can, while they still can.
So again, pay close attention to the Senate. This effort needs to go down in defeat.