Monday, February 22, 2021

2020 Election Fiasco Favored Democrats, So Now Congress Is Working To Make Sloppiness Permanent; Bill Overhauling Elections Would ‘Eviscerate’ FEC Bipartisanship, 9 Former Members Warn, and related stories

2020 Election Fiasco Favored Democrats, So Now Congress Is Working To Make Sloppiness Permanent:
A new congressional bill seeks to grant Democrats the power to overhaul state election processes and impose new regulations on political advertisements and donors, granting Congress “ultimate supervisory power over federal elections.”
Democrats introduced the new 800-page “For The People Act of 2021” in early January with the hopes that their control in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate would allow for swift passage of the bill. The legislation is packaged as an anti-corruption reform bill, marketed by its sponsors, corporate media outlets, and other activist institutions as a way to “expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants.”
Some of the measures in the bill, however, include eliminating the opportunity for states to protect themselves against the modifications weaponized in the 2020 election, such as preventing restrictions on vote-by-mail and imposing voter ID laws. Those measures also give the federal government control over political speech online by expanding the definition of electioneering communications and expose political and nonprofit donors’ information to the public in connection to the causes they support.
Critics of the legislation are cautioning against the bill’s attempts to overhaul election processes, saying it hurts Americans’ trust in the voting systems created by their states and infringes on their privacy as political donors. --->READ MORE HERE
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Bill Overhauling Elections Would ‘Eviscerate’ FEC Bipartisanship, 9 Former Members Warn
In a letter to congressional leaders, nine former members of the Federal Election Commission warn that a Democrat-backed bill to overhaul elections, now before Congress, is a “threat to bipartisanship” at the agency.
The former FEC members’ four-page letter cautions the Democratic and Republican leaders about provisions of HR 1, dubbed the For the People Act, and its companion bill in the Senate, S 1.
The 791-page bill would make dramatic changes to “virtually every aspect of election rules and administration,” they write to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The proposed changes, among many other provisions, include requiring states to allow any eligible voter to vote by mail in federal elections and requiring states with voter identification laws to allow those without an ID to vote if they complete a sworn, written statement confirming their identity.
But in their letter, the nine former commissioners limit their criticism to Titles IV and VI in Division B of the bill, which “concern the jurisdiction of the FEC,” on which they served a combined total of more than 60 years between 1985 and 2020. --->READ MORE HERE
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