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GOP lawmakers take aim at HR1, accuse Dems of federal power grab

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Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) on Sunday blasted H.R. 1 for what he called the “nationalization of American elections.”

H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act of 2021, is a wide-sweeping election reform bill put forward by House Democrats, and signed on by all of them, suggesting—among many things—a range of proposals to “improve access to the ballot box,” statehood for Washington, D.C., enhancing federal support for voting system security, and getting “big money” out of politics.

In an op-ed published Sunday by Fox News, Biggs accused Democrats of hoping to “make America a one-party nation” and called on people to oppose the legislation.

“What would you say about the always efficient, always honest, always transparent, always fair, Washington, D.C., establishment taking over your state and local elections, as well as the federal elections?” Biggs asked. “How about a law that prohibits voter identification laws, or gives taxpayer money to politicians?”

“Democrats in D.C. think that these are swell ideas,” he charged.

“They hope to make America a one-party nation. They want to squelch opposition and dissent. They want to make elections irrelevant. They prefer that all power and control reside in the Democrat party and in Washington, D.C.,” the Arizona Republican added.

“The Leftists, who are authoritarians with a DNA that leans toward tyranny, believe that loading up the nation with unskilled workers from underdeveloped nations will provide Democrats with voters,” Biggs wrote regarding immigration.

“Besides giving the uni-party in the swamp power, funding politicians with taxpayer dollars, and preventing the use of voter identification laws, Democrats will permit ballot harvesting and mandate nationwide mail-in balloting,” he continued. “Democrats are so enamored of power that they want to legalize cheating in elections.”

“If that isn’t enough for you, they want 16-year-olds to be able to register to vote, as well as felons in prison (don’t worry, they want to let all of them out of prison), and illegal aliens,” Biggs wrote. “What could possibly go wrong?”

On the same day as Biggs’ op-ed, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features” that the bill would cause Americans to “lose our freedom.”

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attacked Democrats for trying to “recycle failed legislation” with their new effort to pass the For the People Act, calling it a “federal takeover.” McConnell also said the legislation would allow Democrats to “grab unprecedented power over how America conducts its elections and how American citizens can engage in political speech.”

Early last week, former Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli announced he was launching the the Election Transparency Initiative to “act quickly to defeat the efforts of Democrats in Washington to federalize election laws through H.R.1, while simultaneously going on offense at the state level to rally the grass roots around meaningful reforms.”

And last week, GOP Rep. Byron Donalds (Fla.) wrote an op-ed for Fox News going after H.R. 1, called the bill “unconstitutional” and claim that it is “the Democrats’ latest attempt to disregard the Constitution in their ruthless power grab in the form of ‘election reform.'”

The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor this week.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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There is ‘repeated evidence’ of non-citizens voting

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There is “repeated evidence” of non-citizens voting, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

“Let me just say this about the overall state of the election issue,” Roy began, explaining that “we’ve got repeated evidence of those who are here illegally — or, or whether they’re here legally — but non-citizens voting.”

“We’ve got studies demonstrating that. We’ve got evidence that it may have tipped the election for Al Franken and his election back in Minnesota. Objective studies have showed…Virginia tossing out 1,500 registered voters just last year. I can go through a laundry list. We’ve got local jurisdictions — Oakland, San Francisco, our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, and New York City — who are registering voters specifically for their state and local elections, but we know that they don’t work hard to make sure they’re not voting in federal elections,” he said, noting that “federal law prohibits [and] limits the ability of states to be able to check and ensure citizenship, so much so that the state of Arizona has to run two systems — one for their state local elections and one for their federal elections.”

“They’re literally bifurcated because they want to ensure citizenship for their state and local elections, but they’re not allowed to for federal elections. Therefore, we need to fix the problem,” he said.

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Further, Roy said, because of the Motor Voter Act — the National Voter Registration Act — passed in the 1990s, the courts have interpreted federal laws to limit the state’s ability to “determine and collect the information necessary for determining and checking citizenship.”

Essentially, Roy said the U.S. has set up a system that requires federal agencies to push out the forms, encouraging individuals to register to vote. And while they ask one to identify if they are a citizen, and while federal law requires one to be a citizen to vote in federal elections, the congressman said there is nothing there to actually check citizenship.

The SAVE Act would help address these issues and correct what Roy described as the “glitch,” making it so every state would require anyone applying to register to vote to prove their citizenship.

“By doing that, though, it is correcting the glitch. It also goes through and it addresses some of the issues that have been complicated. There are states, for example, like North Dakota, which does not have voter registration at all, okay? So they can just show up to vote and don’t have registration…They have their own rules there about what you have to present in order just to vote. And that’s obviously a less populated state than, say, California or Texas or New York or Florida. But, so, we adapt and try to adjust to help with those kinds of situations. But, overall, the purpose of the bill is exactly as you just described, pretty simple,” Roy said. This is a bipartisan issue with massive support.

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