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The Left Wants to Transform Our Election System. It’s a Recipe for 1-Party Rule.

election vote fraud cbs2Democrats intend to save “democracy” by putting themselves in charge of elections.

As absurd as that sounds, it really is a part of the inappropriately named “For the People Act of 2019,” or H.R. 1, moving through the House of Representatives.

The Heritage Foundation created a list of the law’s provisions, which you can read here. The Conservative Action Project also provided this quick rundown of the bill:

  • Forces states to implement mandatory voter registration, removing civic participation as a voluntary choice, and increasing chances for error.
  • Mandates that states allow all felons to vote.
  • Forces states to extend periods of early voting, which has shown to have no effect on turnout.
  • Mandates same-day voter registration, which encourages voter fraud.
  • Limits the ability of states to cooperate to see who is registered in multiple states at the same time.
  • Prohibits election observers from cooperating with election officials to file formal challenges to suspicious voter registrations.
  • Criminalizes protected political speech by making it a crime to ‘discourage’ someone from voting.
  • Bars states from making their own laws about voting by mail.
  • Prohibits chief election officials in each state from participating in federal election campaigns.
  • Mandates free mailing of absentee ballots.
  • Mandates that states adopt new redistricting commissions.

The bill is more or less a grab bag of progressive priorities, much like the Green New Deal.

Like the misguided movement to abolish the Electoral College, H.R. 1, in the name of democracy, takes a blow torch to the concepts federalism and self-government enshrined in our Constitution.

As the above summary makes clear, H.R. 1 has numerous provisions that would undermine free speech rights, upend the way America conducts elections, encourage voter fraud, and turn election oversight into little more than a partisan weapon to bludgeon foes.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who seems to have positioned herself at the forefront of every piece of radical legislation coming out of the House, dismissed the idea that H.R. 1 is a “power grab” by Democrats.

She had to make an almost immediate correction after that tweet, as the legislation has not yet passed the House. Even if it did, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said it wouldn’t pass in the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority.

Ocasio-Cortez has a penchant for missteps, but she’s a good barometer for where the progressive base in America is.

In this bill, the left has shown it is willing to make a “naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party,” as McConnell noted. But beyond that, H.R. 1 is most concerning for the devastating effect it would have on our federal republic.

National Review’s David French summed it up perfectly:

At its essence, the bill federalizes control over elections to an unprecedented scale, expands government power over political speech, mandates increased disclosures of private citizens’ personal information (down to name and address), places conditions on citizen contact with legislators that inhibits citizens’ freedom of expression, and then places enforcement of most of these measures in the hands of a revamped Federal Election Commission that is far more responsive to presidential influence.

Certainly, the effort to get around the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision through a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics is misguided and an assault on free speech. It is at odds with our right to free speech and, in the end, would mostly benefit insiders and incumbents who know how to play the Washington game of navigating arcane campaign finance laws.

Further, it would require donors to disclose their own private information in the name of “transparency.”

This is how democracy descends into mob rule. It’s why the Founders erected barriers to guard against a tyrannical majority. Given the way progressives brazenly attack and shame dissenters on college campuses—and increasingly in public life—it is all the more urgent that individual privacy rights be protected. Privacy is a cornerstone of liberty.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of H.R. 1 is what it would do to American election laws and how it would not just undermine, but bulldoze any semblance of federalism left in our political system.

H.R. 1 would stop state legislatures from drawing up their own congressional districts and would mandate independent commissions in their place.

As I’ve written in the past, getting rid of legislative redistricting, sometimes known as “gerrymandering,” is a “cure” worse than the disease. Redistricting will always be partisan, no matter who does it. Laws to prevent this would simply drive partisan redistricting underground, where it would be done in secret by an unelected, uncountable commission rather than openly by a legislature.

Again, even if this were good policy, it assumes that the federal government has the right to dictate how states run their elections. It would take away the right of the citizens of a state to make their own choices on these issues.

H.R. 1 contains other violations of federalism—and the Constitution—including mandates to restore voting rights to felons as soon as they are released from prison and stop states from finding and removing ineligible voters.

And it gets worse.

After nationalizing American election laws, H.R. 1 would put them all under the watchful eye of a “revamped” Federal Election Commission. This is perhaps the most brazenly partisan element of the bill.

The Federal Election Commission currently allows six members (though it currently only has four), with a requirement that four members sign on to any decision in order for it to pass. It has an even number of Republican and Democratic appointees—thus, it takes both parties to agree to prosecute a violation of federal law. This prevents the party in control of the White House from enforcing the law in a partisan fashion.

H.R. 1 would change that by making the commission a five-person body comprised of the president’s appointees, with the president’s party able to appoint three of the five. This would make the commission into a partisan body beholden to the president.

Proponents say this would end the current “deadlock,” but in reality it would turn the commission into a partisan tool to be used by the president. It would be an egregious concentration of power, especially given the way the rest of the bill would nationalize American elections.

While the Framers weren’t unanimous about how much power states should have relative to the federal government, none would have thought it a good idea to give near-tyrannical power to an unelected body of five people, which is what H.R. 1 would essentially do.

The “For the People Act” really is little more than a progressive power grab intended to manipulate election rules to favor liberals, and it is an anti-democratic bill that would upend America’s electoral system.

As with the Green New Deal, it is a vehicle for introducing ideas that would fundamentally transform our republic into something we would not recognize at all.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Jarrett Stepman

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BajaRon

Anything that comes out of the House for the next 2 years is going to be toilet worthy. The democrats are marketing insanity as an improvement. If the Senate does not hold up, we are all in very big trouble. We are only 1 election away from tyranny folks.

Ivan Berry

Rest assured that any bill on voting coming from the democrats will only give power to the mob through decomocratic movements to remove any Federalism left to us from our Constitution and the pledge that the general government would ensure that the States remained soverign through having republican and federational government. Once the mob rules, there goes the Electoral College by which the States, as parties to the contract, selected our leaders in the general government (called Federal government). If you want socialism and all its ills for America, just go ahead and support mass democracy. It has begun and is advertised well by democrats calling themselves democratic socialists, though few of them even know what that means. AOC and her greens are watermelon socialists, Marxists red on the inside while being green on the outside. But it’s all camouflage. Communists would be more accurate, but too many were convinced… Read more »

Mytake

This bill is creeping communism/socialism with the installation of a tyrant, not a President as the goal. This bill is “for the tyrants” NOT
“for the people” and AOC is definitely a lunatic who thinks she knows it all. I am appalled at the nerve and ignorance of this woman. She is out to destroy this country along with the media. She is basically a traitor and is not worthy of being in a leadership position of any kind in our country. The media is complicit with destruction of our basic rights and freedoms. They are all “power mad” tyrants and think they can escape all the negatives associated with this kind of idiotic, self serving thinking. She looks like a raving maniac. Disgusting. We are not all stupid.

Joseph Morgan Sr

MORE PROOF THAT THE DEMO-RATS WANT TOTAL CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE. A LIBERAL SOCIALIST “ELITES ONLY” RULING BY THE GREEDY SELF SERVING SCUMBAGS. THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED TO BE A FREE NATION GOVERNED BY THE PEOPLE “NOT” BY A SELF SERVING RABBLE. WE FOUGHT TO BE FREE FROM THE SCUM OF THE KINGS AND DICTATORS AND VOWED NEVER TO ALLOW ANY TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER AND RULE. THIS IS WHY THE 2nd AMENDMENT WAS ESTABLISHED, TO PROTECT US AGAINST ANY INVASIONS BY FOREIGN NATIONS AND “ALSO FOR THE PEOPLE TO “DEFEND” THEMSELVES FROM ANY TYPE OF TYRANNICAL TAKEOVER BY GREEDY, POWER HUNGRY GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE PEOPLES LIVES AND OF ALL MONEY OF THE PEOPLE. OVER 200 YEARS AGO WE DECLARED OURSELVES AS A NATION OF FREE PEOPLE AND BECAME A GREAT NATION. TODAY THE GREEDY LIBERAL SOCIALIST DEMO-RATS WANT TO PUT US BACK… Read more »

The Freezing Senior

Recipe for 1 party rule ? – NO !
Recipe for a Civil War ? – YES !
AOC – America’s Original Crackpot
GBA/MALL/MAGA#45 !

Burton Pauly

This crap has to be nipped in the bud. No patriot will ever rid our election system of the electoral college , because the e-college is the only fair way to elect our Potus…

TomB

This fraud can be stopped. For starters … All National Election Days should be on Sunday or made a special holiday, one day only, absentee ballots only for “legitimate” overseas voters. No more month long voting periods, make voter ID mandatory, and no more E-voting. Real voters will always find time and manage to vote, historically they always have. These “loose” voting rules were purposely created over the years to provide for vote manipulation, the very thing we’re witnessing today. If allowed to continue, one-person-one-vote soon won’t count, there are too many ways to play with outcomes and results.

Mary Berneathy

What are the real Americans waiting for? We have to get rid of people like this. If we do not stand up for OUR RIGHTS, and the PRESIDENT, we will find ourselves living in a communist country.

JerryH

I fear for our future as a sovereign nation. The utter nonsense now being pushed by the Democrats as legitimate legislation is designed to do nothing more than destroy the foundations of this great nation. These radicals used to mask their intentions, but now they are full frontal with every attack on democracy they put forth. Barack Obama gave them a sense of power when he announced that he was going to fundamentally transform this country. He broke open the doors to allow the closet socialists to take center stage. Bernie Sanders caught the attention of our gullible young people with his socialist giveaway programs and, now, AOC is running to the microphone at every opportunity given by an obliging media that see her as the voice of the new Democratic party. We are one election away from disaster. If these people are not stopped now, our children and grandchildren… Read more »

Stephanie Schaming

While I agree that we are walking in a very dangerous time with the socialist-democrats wanting a take over, it causes me to stop and ask, what can we do short of voting during elections? I’ve heard many people make the statement that ‘we need to stand up to them’ but exactly how do we do that?

Rick

The Democrats are attacking on all fronts. Their goal is to tear down, the well thought out system of government
left to us by the our nations founders. Their goal is to replace it with one party, politically correct, socialistic rule.
They believe their way is the only way, and no one has the right to challenge them!!! WE ALL need to fight back,
NOW, before it is to late.

andnowyoudont

It’s past time for a Convention of States to restore original, Constitutional state sovereignty and throttle DC and all the unelected bureaucrats everywhere.

DINO

If it comes to this ridiculous pro democ rat baloney there would be no reason to vote.After what barry did and is still trying to do and the pelosi’s and schummer and the Clintons and the AND goes on and on.I was an independent voter before I saw what the democ rats were up to,no more,NEVER a democ rat.

Bob L.

This bill should be renamed “The election fraud enabling act of 2019”.

Yes, Hillary won the majority of the popular vote (barely), but her strength was in just a few States holding most of the national population. The Electoral College was created to ensure the voters of ALL of the States have a fair voice in the election of President. With today’s sorry state of civics education (where it still exists) does not teach why we have the Electoral College. Looking at a map of the States and who won the electoral vote in 2016, you will see that most of America on the map is red with the blue States mostly along the East and West Coast. “Fly-over” country still had a voice in the 2016 election – just barely.

Audra Bryant

I pray this bill dies in the house, please God do no allow this to ever move any further than where it is today. This bill will insure socialism/communism for ever more in America. Our founders were correct in how they set up our elections and America should continue to follow their lead. If this does succeed America will definetly see another civil war.

Eric R Ritzheimer

They still just can’t get over Hillary loosing…now they want to make sure they never loose another election. Just how many are communist in our congress I wonder. Wish we had a “Mc Carthy” when you need him…!

cliff

AOC.. is a nut job, along with most of the DEMOCRATIC LEFTIST. this has to stop she needs to be deported to a deserted island along with the rest of her chronies…

Chuck

All that is coming out the House for the next two years is a Communist agenda. The elites have everything by force and the common people have nothing and are destitute. When are “We the People” going to wake up and as Peter Benchley said in the movie “Network,” “I’m mad as h***, and I’m not going to take it anymore?”

Thomas H

Since this bill could stop groups like Judicial Watch from cleaning up voting rolls, I wonder if Sarbanes wrote it because one of the Counties he represents (Montgomery) has more registered voters than actual people of voting age? Of course this could be coincidental {sarc}.

Stephen Russell

Doesnt ballott harvesting do these for the Left unless GOP counters, I say NO.
One party rule ala their party rule, No