The “For the People Act” (H.R.1/ S.1) is meant to rig the election system by undermining America’s electoral process. We need to save our elections!

At the federal level, we need to stop H.R.1/S.1 from becoming law. And at the state level, it is essential that we strengthen election security laws. Under H.R.1/ S.1, massive amounts of elections-related power would be transferred from the states to the federal government.

The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.

This massive centralization of power into the hands of incumbent lawmakers is federal politicians' way of trying to make sure the game is rigged in their favor.

But politicians already in Washington should not be choosing who goes to Washington — voters should.

The end goal of H.R.1/ S.1 bill is clear — to enshrine into law dubious electoral practices that enable and encourage fraudulent behavior, such as ballot harvesting, false voter registrations, duplicate voting and ineligible voting.

This bill, which can be found at congress.gov/117/bills/hr1/BILLS-117hr1ih.pdf, contains many provisions that are unhelpful or unconstitutional.

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Greg F

It's pretty clear that a Federal standard is needed. We continue to see confusing and contradicting voting methods nationwide, and we have (or should have) learned about how Jim Crow laws were once defeated and are now in the works and passed in red states as Jim Crow 2.0, going so far as to halt bussing on Sundays (aimed squarely at reducing black turnout) to not allowing food to be provided for voters while in line (so-as to deter voters in general from showing up in person) to making one drop box per county a thing (aimed again squarely at the less mobile minorities and poor voters). It's blatant how the GOP is trying to suppress voting. States have had over 2 centuries to get their sh* together and the south has had since the end of the Civil War to show they aren't still a racist bane of civility...and they failed miserably. Enough is enough.

Greg F

To add to this, we have a conservative house and senate that has gone absolutely nuts. Bonkers. Deluded. Those who condemned things on Jan 6 are now whitewashing it in an insane attempt to rewrite history, bring about a new white "'Murica" where they would have minorities and poor take back seats again. Truth is nothing to them. Some dark humor here on this, but 100% true https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/05/13/daily-show-republicans-insurrection-orig-jm.cnn

Hayduke2

Interesting comment earlier from Maine's Angus King - "At today's Senate hearing on election reforms, I concluded by pointing out Maine has same-day voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, no voter ID, and no fraud. So count me as a skeptic of new state policies being considered to chase fraud claims I haven't seen validated."

shiftless88

Typical republicans; getting all stirred up about, and spending all their energies on, made up issues like voter "fraud" and transgender athletes while ignoring bigger issues.

Greg F

All that is just a distraction for the shenanigans they are trying to pull on almost everything else.

Greg F

Republicans be like: "Oh look....a Chuck-E-Cheese" when confronted with any hint of impropriety.

Awteam2021

Efforts by republican state run legislators trying to suppress voter turnout , fearing they can’t win without making voting harder, may back fire 🔥. A clear attack on democracy. Trump has destroyed the Republican Party.

olefool

All proposed laws have different meanings to different people, some love while others hate.. It's all a matter of perspective and perception... The office's of President and Vice President should be earned by a Federal national popular vote, I think it's pretty clear we have seen the chaos brought about by lumping the executive and legislative branches together, each have their own purpose.

bosco

How, exactly, does the bill prevent any American citizen from voting? Are you comfortable with the federal government appointing itself the national board of elections and steamrolling right over state and local boards?

Awteam2021

Yes

JerryR

Then you Sir, are a proponent of Big Government - playing right into Creepy Joe's hands. Oh yeah, Nancy's too...and Chucks...and Nadler's....the list goes on and on....

olefool

Biden approval 63%, best of any president since Obama, Imagine that JerryR.. Looks like all those people who voted for Joe still like him, Trump, on the other hand Shhhhhh 38%...

Awteam2021

Big, Small - more an advocate for functionality. One that get things done for the whole, all. I never understood, why looking out for the middle class and the less fortunate was so disdaining to so many. Do you? You’re fortunate to sustain your existence all by yourself, alone.

Greg F

There's ol' Jerry Can chiming in yet again without a shred of evidence...and not realizing that Trump in his assaulting of women, peeping at naked pageant teens and paying of porn stars while his kid nurses at home is seriously creepy. Gee Jer....did you miss the entire past 4 years due to a coma? It was pretty hard to miss all that.

Greg F

Hey Jer...seems Texass hates big gubment until they get hit with a hurricane or a bunch of foreigners on the border. Hmmm...or when they want any assistance for their energy issues...or airport maintenance...or whatever else they need. There is nothing wrong if a government is well enough run, but what you want is your nice and cozy early 1900s where you can burn crosses and wear your hoods like your pappy and gramps did.

JerryR

I'm not disagreeing on the Trump front, he alienated all of people who gave him a chance and he blew that chance, but, Sleepy Joe's time is coming. He's too stupid and too much of a puppet to be successful. He wants to please all the people all the time and we all know that isn't going to happen.

public-redux

Did someone suggest that this bill would prevent any American citizen from voting?

shiftless88

Exactly, bosco; this bill will not prevent any American Citizens from voting. It will allow better access to voting for American Citizens, which should be viewed universally as a good thing. Glad you support this.

bosco

Then you need proof of identity as an American citizen to be able to vote? That's a good thing.

shiftless88

I believe you generally do when you register to vote. But given that there has been essentially zero fraud I don't see it as a big deal. But of course Republicans love to waste their time on useless tasks while ignoring the big tasks.

Brookhawk

And what will be accepted as "proof?" The NRA ID is okay but my student ID isn't. THAT's how citizens get prevented from voting - in the details.

Greg F

Sounds like "Papers Please" to me. We've had centuries now without needing ID at the polling place and in the last elections there has been almost no voter fraud...except that which was done by republicans. None of it was of any consequence. There is ongoing fraud by Trump in his continuation of the stolen election fiasco and his pushing to "find votes" by mafioso style veiled threats. He sounds like a mobster with his threats akin to "my...wouldn't it be a shame if something happened to your dog" type tactics. Bonzo...you back a loser, you back a loser party with loser tactics where they can't win if they aren't cheating. You are what you surround yourself with.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Stimpy

Amber Ruffin will explain many thing to you in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXHvbuoDF8M

olefool

Here's a little primer for you bosco. Be sure to watch it to the end so you don'\'t miss the good part.....

olefool

Here ya go bosco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZwbuQGE3Vo

Greg F

I am a lot more comfortable with that, given the failure of states to handle things. Red states especially...im Crow 2.0, going so far as to halt bussing on Sundays (aimed squarely at reducing black turnout) to not allowing food to be provided for voters while in line (so-as to deter voters in general from showing up in person) to making one drop box per county a thing (aimed again squarely at the less mobile minorities and poor voters), limiting early voting (again...anything to cut down votes) and limiting polling place dates to have fewer opportunities for the less well off to take off work to vote. Red states have shown their true selves that they have not a decent politician among them that hasn't kowtowed to the Trumpist ways and racist history they so dearly want to bring back.

jth7100

Sevenstones, I think we all know that "the wrong people" were allowed to vote in 2020. For conservatives, if you can't rig the election, you can't win the election. Even when no evidence of fraud exists.

olefool

GOP Motto: If you can't beat 'em - cheat 'em....

sevenstones1000

What is broken that needs to be fixed by making it harder for people to vote?

gary4books

People move from state to state all the time and it helps to give them uniform laws for voting that they can learn and understand. Individual states, especially small states, can be used to gain an unfair advantage with extraordinary laws. This is a good law and it needs urgent action to protect our liberty.

Hayduke2

Gary - [thumbup]

MD1756

Learning what you need to do to register to vote is not hard at all. It's not like the instructions for filing income or estate taxes. If one can't figure out how to register to vote then I question whether or not they have the ability to review the candidates and make an informed vote. There are already too many people who simply vote party line without thought and if they even vote in the primaries, they probably vote for the personality they like the most and not who might be the most qualified for the position. If this were put into the constitution, it would never have been ratified by all 13 colonies. There are parts of the bill that are good (ethics provisions, but hopefully what is proposed is only a start) and parts that are bad (same day registration, unless those are only counted as provisional votes) and parts that don't go far enough (campaign donation disclosures).

Hayduke2

So MD, you feel that one should pass some kind of "thought" test before being able to vote? Please don't take this the wrong way, I am mystified at people who simply vote for an R or D, without looking at info/positions/past history/ etc. of the candidate but don't know how to correct this? Perhaps allowing those registered as "I" more of a say in primaries nationwide, shorter campaign season, big money and lobbyists curtailed, etc. would help but I fear there will always be those who simply vote party.

MD1756

I wish there was a fair thought test that could be developed but none exist or probably none could ever be developed. I have no solution to the problem except better public education? Public schools are failing when so many people can't really think well for themselves and too many do not think of the short-term vs long-term impacts and evaluate other options. They talk about how many students are failing because of the pandemic, but I wonder if the pandemic just brought to the front, short comings of our schools? Students couldn't pass this year just for showing up. While I do complain about having to pay more taxes than those with no children, I think the best solution is better education. Now if we could get a majority to agree that parents should lose their income tax deductions/credits for their children and have that revenue put towards education, we might make some progress.

shiftless88

Hay; maybe we can ask "do you believe that Trump won the 2020 election and if they say "yes" they cannot vote.

Greg F

MD1756 is the sort who seems to think voting isn't a right, and that to do so, you must pass some test...yeah....how about we have a test for honesty of politicians? Sure, many dems won't pass, but right now the vast majority of the GOP will fail miserably, and that last POS-POTUS would have gotten a negative score. Tests to vote....what's next....the Future Crime Commission? Thought Police?

phydeaux994

Should be like it was in the Good Ol’ Days MD, like how many beans are in this gallon jar or how many miles to the moon. The only requirement to vote is that you are an American citizen. And access to be able to cast a vote should be easy for everyone over 18, old people like me, sick people, handicapped people, people in the Military, people out of town, young people in High School or College, on and on, and you shouldn’t have to stand in line for hours in the heat or cold or rain or have to travel 50 miles to vote or any of the myriads of barriers the Republicans are coming up with to vote.

phydeaux994

Oops, 18 y.o.’s too.

MD1756

.ignore

Aslan19

Gary, I couldn't disagree with you more. Nowhere in the constitution is it established that the federal government is the entity that can define how a state should be running its elections. In general, the only CONSTITUTIONAL requirements are that elections have to be held for the office of President and VP on a certain date and that the Electoral College certifies the vote. HR1/S1 is a totally unconstitutional takeover of powers left to the states, plain and simple.

Greg F

I can't wait to take my blue vote to a red state when I retire.

JerryR

Go ahead, throw your vote away!! 🤣🤣

fjulia

Except there is no evidence, anywhere, for the election crimes you state. However, there is ample evidence that opposition to HR 1 is a cover to support a new era of voter suppression. As happened during the 'Jim Crow' period.

public-redux

Cut and paste from here:

https://heritageaction.com/toolkit/election-integrity-toolkit

Awteam2021

Good catch.

public-redux

I’m on their distribution list.

JerryR

👍👍

JerryR

Of course the demo's want this...they want to control all elections and they want to do it now before the next ones. This ain't rocket science to figure out there is something subversive about the whole thing. Read the heritage article.

public-redux

“Read the heritage article.”

You mean the one I linked to? The one I read before this LTE was published? Jerry, between your not knowing what “never” means, not knowing the American pronunciation of redux, and not noticing that I’m a conservative Republican, you’re a prime candidate for the Gov. John Connolly Award.

phydeaux994

Jerry, the Democrats don’t want to change anything. Just do what we’ve always done with a secure, convenient voting system that’s easy for everyone. It’s pretty obvious that the Republicans are targeting those they don’t want to vote.

Greg F

On the contrary, Jerrycan...the republicans are the ones who want to "control an election by determining which folks have fewer opportunities to vote, which conveniently to their aim, happen to be minority, poor and anyone with a brain that thinks that republicans are full of crap. What isn't rocket science it what it takes to see the blatant racism built into what is being passed in red states as supposed anti-fraud efforts to thwart a non-existent problem. The only problem is that the GOP can't garner enough votes for their shady candidates without cheating.

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