Democrats are trying to take control of our electoral system

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Democrats are trying to take control of our electoral system

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 32 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.

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.