It’s safe to say the Democrats are still not happy that President Trump won the last presidential election. Their first order of business upon taking the House of Representatives was to introduce a piece of legislation that tries to make it difficult for Republicans to win future elections. The legislation is HR.1 For the People Act of 2019, and it is an attempt to grant progressives control of our electoral system. Like the vast majority of all progressive legislation, this bill with a positive name seeks to seriously undermine freedom.
I first learned of HR.1 when I saw the headline for this Breitbart article. The summary at the beginning really caught my attention.
Over 150 conservative leaders nationwide released a “Memo to the Movement” from the Conservative Action Project on Monday, declaring that they are opposed to the Democrats’ kick-off legislation H.R. 1, which would profoundly shift elections toward liberal candidates and open the door to rampant voter fraud, calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill “the ultimate fantasy of the left.”
The Democrats’ bill violates the First Amendment. It restricts political speech and election activities in several ways that the U.S. Supreme Court has made crystal clear violates the Constitution, such as groups’ pooling resources to take out ads on the issues those groups advocate.
Pelosi’s legislation is a massive federal power grab away from the states. The Constitution gives primary authority to the sovereign states to conduct elections. This bill empowers the federal government to micromanage elections by requiring states to get “preclearance” from Washington, D.C., before changing their election procedures.
I believe the full press release from Conservative Action Project is essential reading. Here are some of the most important passages.
H.R. 1 undermines the First Amendment. H.R. 1 undoes key Supreme Court cases that protect elections as fundamental to free speech. It would allow the Federal Election Commission to track and catalogue more of what Americans are saying, register even very small political donations, and make public those who donate to different charitable and nonprofit organizations. The legislation will subject private citizens to intimidation and harassment for their private and political beliefs, far broader than what was done in the IRS targeting scandal in 2013.
H.R. 1 yanks election authority away from the states. H.R. 1 reasserts the ability of the federal government to micromanage state elections through a process known as “preclearance.” Preclearance, which was previously overturned by the Supreme Court, requires states to get permission from the federal government for changes as small as modifying the hours of an election office, or moving a voting location from a school gym to the library.
H.R. 1 attacks individual voter integrity. America was founded on the principle of “one person, one vote.” H.R. 1 turns this on its head by weaponizing every aspect of the political regulatory system. The Federal Election Commission, which is currently a neutral body, would be given a 3-2 makeup, guaranteeing a partisan outcome with little accountability toward the actual votes which are cast. H.R. 1 also includes a 600 percent government match for political donations, and authorizes even more public dollars to campaigns. The bill also wants to make Election Day a new paid holiday for government workers, with additional paid vacation given to bureaucrats to oversee the polls.
H.R. 1 would also implement the following changes:
• 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.
According to this Townhall article, HR.1 also attempts to accomplish the following, all of which are meant to either make it difficult for Republicans to win elections, undo the Citizens United ruling, or make it easier to impeach Justice Kavanaugh.
House Democrats, ahead of their takeover in January, have introduced their inaugural bill of the 116th Congress. H.R. 1 would establish a Supreme Court code of ethics, create a national voter registration and expand early voting, require political groups to disclose donors and prevent members of Congress from serving on corporate boards. Last but not least, the bill would require presidents to release their tax returns.
HR.1 violates Article 1 Section 4 Clause 1 of the Constitution which states:
The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations, except as to the places of choosing Senators.
This clause only grants the federal government the authority to change individual state regulations through a formal law, not micromanage the entire electoral system of this nation. Progressives almost never play fair. They attempt to use the federal government to gain control. If you don’t agree, prove me wrong.
Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate must stand strong if this ever passes in the House of Representatives. They must make sure this never becomes law.
The usual Progressive high tech giants are doing their best to misinform the public about this. All of the Google searches on page 1 are positive.