A lot has been changing for Republicans in recent weeks. Not only have the executive orders been flying off the president’s desk and Supreme Court cases leaving many conservatives devastated with their left-leaning results but some of the legislative bills could have a devastating effect on the future of the United States.
Breitbart News reported on one particularly egregious assault on citizens’ rights that came to congress in the form of a bill called the “For the People” act. The news outlet cited a thread by Twitter user “Oilfield_Rando,” who posted about the bill, highlighting some of the worst parts of the bill.
Below, are a few of the things you should be aware about the bill making it’s way through Congress right under our noses:
H.R. 1 a.k.a. “For the People Act,” was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and includes provisions for a few things, such as expanding provisions for disabled voters, ensuring voting machines used here are made in the United States. However, some of the other provisions, like the massive overreach by the federal government into state and local elections flies in the face of how this Constitutional Republic is supposed to function.
According to Breitbart News, the bill begins by declaring that “Congress finds that it has broad authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of congressional elections under the Elections Clause of the Constitution.”
It also says that “States and localities have eroded access to the right to vote” and declares that photo ID, “burdensome” voter registration procedures. It would ban states from purging ineligible voters, restricting mail-in voting, changes rules for felons voting, and other measures that ensure the integrity of the elections. The bill claims that these auctions “restrictions on the right to vote.” It also suggests these are forms of “racial discrimination” and “systemic racism.”
The bill requires “Automatic and online voter registration” which requires states to ensure “all eligible citizens are registered to vote in elections for Federal office” unless the individuals opt-out. It also requires that the voter registration be available online, and allows for those without a signature on file to offer it when requesting a ballot. States are also not allowed to ask for verification of Social Security number for voting.
According to Breitbart the bill also allows for “Protection for illegal aliens who are registered to vote: The bill protects non-citizens from prosecution if they are registered to vote automatically and never made an affirmative declaration that they were U.S. citizens. Agencies that register voters are not required to keep records of who declined to affirm their citizenship.”
Additionally, those who come to a polling place to vote, if the bill passes, will be allowed to change personal information at polling places, such as changing their address on election day, and cast a regular ballot. The bill also enacts same-day voter registration, saying Each State shall permit any eligible individual on the day of a Federal election and on any day when voting, including early voting, is permitted for a Federal election—to register to vote in such election at the polling place … [and] to cast a vote in such election.”
It also reduces government funds to states that don’t register ex-convicts to vote, allows for nationwide vote-by-mail without a photo ID. States “may not require an individual to provide any form of identification as a condition of obtaining an absentee ballot,” and while a signature can be required it cannot be a witness signature.
The bill also facilitates widespread “ballot harvesting” by saying that states “shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots” and ” may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return.”
In a no-doubt convenient move for anyone wishing to conveniently affect election results, states would be forced to accept ballots for 10 days after Election days.
While many of the other changes proposed in the bill are equally as horrifying, including allowing politicians to offer campaign donation kick-backs, removing IRS targeting protections, and allowing politicians to use campaign funds for personal use, one last noteworthy portion of the bill has to do, of course, with former President Donald Trump. The Conflict of interest rule changes would effectively bar the former president from running again.