March 9, 2021
Officially, it’s named the “For the People Act of 2021.”
But they should really call it the “Democrats Turning Voting Into a Free-for-All While Gutting Their Political Opponents Act.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, after three decades of representing San Francisco, wants to change some fundamental rules of American elections. That’s what the “For the People Act of 2021,” better known as the H.R. 1 bill (House Resolution 1), is really all about… Democrats winning in chaotic, fraud-prone elections.
In a way, you almost have to respect the Democrats’ ruthlessness with this bill. As soon as they could, they wielded their power for maximum advantage with no apologies. When Republicans find themselves with control of the White House and Congress, they’re pretty content with a decrease in the marginal tax rate and then e-mailing lots of think tank papers around Capitol Hill.
Democrats, on the other hand, don’t dither when it comes to enforcing their will… They introduced H.R. 1 on January 4. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed it on March 3. President Joe Biden is now strongly advocating for the Senate to pass it as well, so he can sign it into law.
How bad could H.R. 1 really be, you might ask? After all, it’s dressed up with a lot of flowery language about protecting “sacred” voting rights. Here’s what H.R. 1 promises to do:
To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.
It’s meant to sound fair, ethical, and nonpartisan… But many of the details of H.R. 1 make it clear that the primary intent of the bill is to replay the “only because it’s a COVID emergency” voting changes from 2020 – and expand upon them nationwide.
Democrats want to eliminate many election safeguards in the name of “increasing access” and federalize elections in a way that is contrary to constitutional intent.
One of the biggest changes would be the legalization of a process called “ballot harvesting.” This practice is currently illegal in 24 states, though 26 states allow some form of it. Ballot harvesting is when a person can take other voters’ ballots and hand them in on their behalf. This is not nefarious in and of itself – in some states, for example, family members are allowed to do this – but it creates major opportunities for fraud when it’s more widespread.
For one thing, harvesting creates chain-of-custody issues. If community organizers on behalf of a “get out the vote” effort collect hundreds of ballots at a time, who’s to say whether some of them make their way to the polling place while others get dumped in a trash can?
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Ballot harvesters, under the guise of “helping” senior citizens and other easily exploited groups, could easily encourage votes to go a certain way on the spot… or even fill out the empty ballots themselves.
That’s just the start… There’s a whole laundry list of election-integrity measures that are loosened or eliminated in H.R. 1. Voter ID requirements would be decimated. H.R. 1 would give anyone the right to show up on Election Day and, without providing a photo ID, sign an “attestation” and vote.
Automatic voter registration would also be enacted. That means anyone who goes to the DMV, uses food stamps, or attends community or state college would be enrolled as a voter. Some noncitizens would also likely be enrolled in error, as it leaves it up to individuals to attest their eligibility.
The list goes on and on… Universal mail ballots would be sent out to everyone on the voter rolls, and they wouldn’t be systematically purged of people who have moved out of state. Ballots could arrive and be counted long after Election Day. Early voting would be expanded. Felons would have voting rights restored upon release from prison (and convicts often overwhelmingly support Democrats, of course).
It’s not hard to see the pattern here… Democrats believe that these changes would help them win elections. They don’t care about the risks of fraud because they believe they will benefit from the chaos, loopholes, and shenanigans.
Elections aren’t supposed to be federalized in this way, but constitutional objections mean nothing to Democrats like Pelosi who see a pathway to becoming a permanent majority.
A number of states made major but temporary changes in the 2020 election cycle based on the COVID-19 emergency status, like a huge increase in mail-in balloting nationwide, and states like Pennsylvania extended the deadline to count mail-in ballots beyond the actual election.
With these changes to election rules, Democrats were able to accomplish big wins in the 2020 election. Biden beat Trump by 7 million votes. But a huge portion of the country still believes – despite the social media prohibitions on questioning the election – that there was substantial fraud.
If H.R. 1 becomes law, it will further hurt election integrity and confidence, and could rapidly turn America into a de facto one-party state where the losers no longer have faith that the system is fair or worth preserving.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
March 9, 2021