‘Huge win for democracy’: GOP blocks federal takeover of elections

By Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

An attempted federal takeover of elections was thwarted Tuesday, as Senate Republicans voted to block further debate on the legislation.

With Vice President Kamala Harris presiding and prepared to cast a potential tie-breaking vote, the Senate divided 50-50 on a straight party-line vote. It would have taken 60 votes to proceed to debate and a vote.

If enacted into law, the bill would ban most state voter ID laws, expand ballot harvesting, prevent the updating of voter registration lists, establish taxpayer-financed campaigns, and require states to allow same-day voter registration, among many other things.

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“This is a huge win for the citizens of the United States. This is a huge win for democracy, and it’s a huge win for the integrity of elections,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.

Framing the matter as one of voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was the first to speak on the Senate floor immediately after the vote.

“Once again, the Senate Republican minority has launched a partisan blockade of a pressing issue here in the United States Senate, an issue no less fundamental than the right to vote,” Schumer said. “This vote, I’m ashamed to say, is further evidence that voter suppression has become part of the official platform of the Republican Party.”

The Senate Democratic leader vowed the bill would return. “In the fight for voting rights, this vote was the starting gun, not the finish line,” Schumer said.

Democratic sponsors called their bill “the For the People Act.” Republican critics dubbed it “the Corrupt Politicians Act.”

“This is a huge win for the citizens of the United States. This is a huge win for democracy, and it’s a huge win for the integrity of elections,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “The Corrupt Politicians Act is the most dangerous legislation we’ve considered in the nine years I’ve served in this body. It’s an attempt by Senate Democrats of a brazen power grab to federalize elections and to ensure Democrats won’t lose control for the next 100 years.”

Cruz continued:

This bill isn’t about protecting the right to vote. It’s precisely the opposite. It’s about taking away the right to vote from the citizens and giving it instead to the corrupt politicians in Washington who want to stay in power.

Earlier Tuesday, Schumer announced that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would vote for the 800-page bill. As with nearly all other Senate legislation, the relatively moderate Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who also voted for it, are key swing votes in the divided Senate.

The House already had passed its version of the Democrats’ legislation, known as HR 1. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee voted along party lines, 9-9, but the bill still moved to the Senate floor.

Before the vote Tuesday, President Joe Biden urged the Senate to pass the measure in a tweet, claiming that “democracy is in peril – here, in America.”

Cruz noted that 36 states have enacted voter ID laws, but the vast majority of them would be repealed under the bill. A Rasmussen Reports poll found 75% of Americans support voter ID requirements.

Meanwhile, Cruz noted that 31 states prohibit ballot harvesting, which allows political operatives to collect large numbers of absentee ballots from election offices to solicit votes for their candidates. The Democrats’ bill would expand ballot harvesting.

The bill would also create a partisan advantage on the Federal Election Commission, a panel that since its inception in 1975 has been made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.

The legislation would also require that unelected redistricting commissions draw congressional district boundaries, which now are determined by elected state legislatures in most states.

The Democrats’ bill also includes restrictions on political speech, such as requiring disclosure of donors to independent groups that buy political ads. That would be akin to the donor-disclosure requirements that some state governments sought to impose on civil rights groups in the 1950s, which could result in donors being subjected to intimidation.

Under the provision, the government would contribute to the campaigns of federal candidates $6 for every $1 raised in small donations—that is, for every donation under $200.

The legislation also would authorize the Internal Revenue Service to investigate and consider the political and policy positions of nonprofit organizations when they apply for tax-exempt status.

“It’s a recipe for undermining confidence in our elections and remaking our entire system of government to satisfy one far end of the political spectrum,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said of the bill on the Senate floor before the vote.

“When it comes to our elections, policymakers should be focused on one goal: making it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at The Heritage Foundation, said in a statement. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

Von Spakovsky continued:

Sadly, this legislation does the opposite. In reality, this mammoth, leftist takeover of elections threatens election security and compromises every American’s fundamental right to vote.

It would require nationwide implementation of the worst changes in election rules from the 2020 election, and go even further in eroding and eliminating basic security protocols that states have in place.

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3 thoughts on “‘Huge win for democracy’: GOP blocks federal takeover of elections

  1. Everyone with a functioning brain should have figured out by now that what ever the D-rats name their latest scheme it’s about the exact opposite of what it’s called… “For The Peoples Act” is really the for the D-rats Act….Crying Schumer and Nazi Pelosi can spin it all they like but it was still the keep D-rats in power bill, nothing more.

  2. The title of the bill “The For the People Act.” is a misnomer, to be correct it would read For Marxist’s To Permanently Steal Elections Act,this power grab will not end pleasantly.

  3. “Democratic sponsors called THEIR bill, “The For the People Act.”

    It was cooked up by Pelosi’s partisan lawyers.

    It included everything Dem/Progs always wanted.

    Republican called it “The Corrupt Politicians Act.”

    In reality, it was a “Permanent Destruction of the Republican Party Act”.

    This would lead to Dem/Progs implementing a “NEW SOCIALIST ORDER”, under the guise of fighting climate change, a la Bernie.

    This would lead to the destruction of the US Private Enterprise system, the envy of the World, which creates, Teslas, Apples, Googles, Amazons, etc.

    It would ENSURE political dominance by Dem/Progs FOREVER.

    Republican Legislatures finally woke up after the 2020 elections.
    They passed laws that significantly reduced fraud opportunities regarding the “processing” of MAIL-IN BALLOTS

    Here is an example of a a LARGE-SCALE, PRE-MEDITATED, ELECTION-OUTCOME-MANIPULATION FRAUD, perpetrated by leftist Dem/Progs, to achieve a Coup d’Etat, a power grab, a la Banana Republic.
    See URL for details

    This premeditated, 288,000-mail-in ballot fraud took place in Pennsylvania (20 Electoral votes) several months BEFORE the election.

    It likely was not the only premeditated fraud in the swing states that simultaneously stopped counting ballots on Election Night, to “assess” the situation, because Trump was so far ahead.

    This 288,000-mail-in ballot fraud was so large, it took victory from hard-campaigning Trump, and donated it to in-the-basement Biden.

    The US media, in cahoots with the Dem/Progs, kept on writing, “There was no large-scale voter fraud that could alter the outcome of the election”, and “these are unfounded, unproven allegations”, and “unhinged conspiracy theories”.

    The US Media blatantly continued their writings, even AFTER all of the Jesse episode became public knowledge before Thanksgiving.

    The US Media purposely calls it “VOTER FRAUD” to manipulate people off the real issue.
    The 288,000-mail-in ballot fraud had nothing to do with “VOTERS”.
    The fraud was perpetrated by leftist Dem/Progs to achieve a Coup d’Etat, a power grab, a la Banana Republic.

    Often, the ballot “processing” was performed:

    1) By pre-selected Dem/Prog personnel
    2) In Dem/Prog-controlled cities of swing states
    3) Without proper supervision/observation
    4) Without transparent and secure chain of custody.

    Uncle Joe Stalin: “I do not care who votes. I care only about who COUNTS the votes”

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