Election disasters would be worse under Dems' reform bill

Monday, May 3, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Sen. Chuck Schumer with For the People ActA public policy advocate is deeply concerned about a controversial bill being pushed by President Joe Biden and many other Democrats that would give the federal government complete control over states' election processes.

During his address before a joint session of Congress last week, Biden touted and endorsed H.R.1 (designated S.1 in the Senate), which would give the federal government control over all voting standards across the country, taking that control away from state governments.

Trent England is founder and executive director of Save Our States, a group he created in 2009 to defend the Electoral College against the push by Democrats to elect a president by popular vote. He describes H.R.1 as a "backdoor attempt to hamstring the Electoral College [that's] especially dangerous" – as well as a wish list of every bad idea the Left has had on elections over the last decade.

"The overarching bad idea is trying to federalize control of elections, suck that power up into administrative agencies in D.C., and take it away from the states," he tells One News Now. An unintended consequence of attempts to centralize power, he argues, would be a less-resilient democracy. "Because each state holds its own elections," he explains, "a disaster or mistake in one state is contained there."

England

England found the particularly frustrating aspect of the 2020 election to be how state legislatures dropped the ball in carrying out their constitutional authority to oversee elections.

"They looked the other way [and] pretended like they didn't have the power that the Constitution gives them," he laments. "I think there's going to be a reckoning for that in the next election – and I think there's already some state legislators who are sort of rethinking what their role is.

"But meanwhile, you have H.R.1 in D.C. which is trying to double-down on all of this – and that's the real concern to me," he shares.

The hope for America, he contends, is in the states, not in its national capital. "But if they can continue siphoning power away from the states, that hope is going to diminish," he warns.

Negative impact on rural voters

Jason Snead is executive director of the Honest Elections Project. He tells One News Now that H.R. 1 would greatly reduce the voting impact of rural states, which tend to vote Republican.

Snead

"For instance, it would ban states from requiring voter identification," he begins. "It would [also] ban states from defending the integrity of absentee ballots by requiring witnesses to actually observe absentee voting or prevent them from protecting absentee ballots against organized and politicized vote harvesting and vote tracking – as well as a whole bunch of other bad policies, all of which would effectively undermine the security of our process. So, we're risking fraud and we're risking chaos."

And Snead fully expects the 800-page-long piece of legislation will wind up in court. "… There are lots of legal infirmities [and] lots of constitutional problems with the way this bill is structured with its scope and what it's trying to accomplish," he concludes.

Numerous conservative groups have taken issue with H.R.1 – which carries the label "For the People Act of 2021" – voicing concerns similar to those expressed by England. The Heritage Foundation, for example, warns it would impose "unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates" on the states. And AFA Action has offered the dire prediction that it would be "the end of free and fair elections" in the United States.


5/4/21 - Comments from Jason Snead added.

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