The first bill introduced in Congress this year was the For the People Act, (H.R. 1). Despite the charming name, this bill contains over 500 pages of overreaching federal government policies that will disenfranchise voters and make voter fraud more rampant.
The Conservative Action Project recently released a memo in opposition to H.R. 1. The letter laid out the following issues with 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 been 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.
In addition, H.R. 1 would require online platforms to keep a database of those who purchase more than $500 in political ads per year, force political campaigns to disclose all donors, and limit what groups can say by deeming it “campaign speech”. The most bizarre provision in this bill provides a voluntary 6-1 match with federal money for Presidential and Congressional candidates. This means that our taxpayer money could fund the candidate that we do not wish to hold that office. It is obvious that Democrats only have one mission with this bill: to gain more power through elections.
This week, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1. Despite being outnumbered by four panelists advocating for the bill, Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky and Public Interest Legal Foundation’s J. Christian Adams outstandingly exposed the major problems. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) stole the show by sharing the cases of convicted felons who have tampered with elections and would get the chance to do so again under this legislation. This would come at a cost to the taxpayer who foots the bill to prosecute the offender and resolve the issue. The hearing unintentionally made it apparent that H.R. 1 would wreak havoc on our voting rights.
Eagle Forum opposes this bill, and will closely monitor its movement through Congress. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has already voiced his opposition to the bill which gives us hope that the Senate will not take it up.