Democratic lawmakers will vote Wednesday, March 3, in the House on a bill that seeks to centralize power in Washington so that Congress would set the rules for elections nationwide, a responsibility that currently falls to each state, The Washington Times reported.
The Democrats’ For the People Act attempts to take authority away from the states so that Congress can implement standard election regulations for the entire country.
Among the Democrats’ proposals are universal mail-in ballots, automatic voter registration (anyone with a Social Security number is registered as a voter), voting rights for ex-felons, public financing of elections, and new redistricting requirements.
Proposed nationwide election rules
Among the most striking items in the measure is a ban on states requiring photo IDs or other identification to vote by mail.
A group of at least 16 Republican secretaries of state, led by John Merrill of Alabama, oppose the measure stating that the bill would essentially prevent states from guarding against voter fraud.
The Republicans sent a letter to the House and Senate stating that the proposals “blatantly undermine the extensive work we, as election officials, have completed in order to provide safe, accessible voting options for our constituencies.”
Currently no nationwide elections
“It’s not even something that should be considered because we don’t have national elections; we have 50 state elections for a national office,” Merrill said in an interview. “Each state should be empowered to make their own decisions for their own elections. We don’t need nationalization of elections, and we certainly don’t need that power centralized in Washington, D.C..”
According to The Washington Times, what Republicans see as measures prone to voter fraud, Democrats call “voter suppression.” But beyond the Democrat’s view, universal mail-in ballots without the need for voter ID is simply an invitation to commit fraud.
Mail-in ballots with no ID leads to voter fraud
In his speech at the Conservative Convention (CPAC) Donald Trump pre-empted the Democrats’ intentions and warned his supporters.
“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress are racing to pass a flagrantly unconstitutional attack on the First Amendment and the integrity of our elections,” Trump said.
He added, “It virtually eliminates voter ID requirements nationwide, effectively ends all registration deadlines … requires states to give ballots to felons, automatically registers every welfare recipient to vote, and puts unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats in charge of drawing congressional districts.”
The only thing stopping the Democrats from turning the country into a scribe for their own party is the filibuster, to pass a bill in the Senate, they need a two-thirds vote, or 60 votes, for which there would have to be at least 10 Republican senators voting for Democratic bills.