The Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution is in Article I, Section 4, which reads:
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
The Framers of the Constitution were concerned that states might establish unfair election procedures or attempt to undermine the national government by refusing to hold elections for Congress. They empowered Congress to step in and regulate such elections as a self-defense mechanism.
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The Supreme Court has explained that the Elections Clause also imposes implicit restrictions on the power to regulate congressional elections. Neither Congress nor the states may attempt to dictate electoral outcomes, or favor or disfavor certain classes of candidates.
Contrary to what the Framers of the Constitution intended in the “Election Clause,” H.R.1 is a power grab by Congress to usurp the election process. The “stealing of national elections” may now be codified in law if Congress passes H.R.1 – For The People Act. H.R.1 is the perhaps the most sweeping change to voting regulations ever proposed by Congress. It shifts power from state legislatures to the Congress. Watch:
Changes to voting regulations in H.R.1 include:
- Promoting Internet Registration
- Automatic Voter Registration
- Same Day Voter Registration
- Prohibiting Interference With Voter Registration
- Voter Registration Of Minors (under 18-years old)
- Voting By Mail
- Findings Relating To District Of Columbia Statehood
What is wrong with H.R.1?
Heritage Action For America asks Is H.R. 1 Really “for the People?” Heritage Action states:
In January, House Democrats introduced their signature piece of legislation, H.R. 1, the “For The People Act.” H.R. 1 is full of unconstitutional and unnecessary policies that liberals want to use to hijack America’s election processes. This bill is anything but “for the people.”
Heritage Action For America lists the following problems with H.R.1:
- H.R. 1 forces taxpayers to finance politicians’ campaigns
- H.R. 1 eliminates the ability of states to control their own elections
- H.R. 1 undermines the First Amendment right to free speech
- H.R. 1 eviscerates the right of states to draw their own congressional district lines
Heritage Action For America concludes:
Although Democrats are promoting H.R. 1 as a bill that would “strengthen our democracy and return political power to the people,” it is actually an anti-democratic bill that would wreak havoc on our election system by manipulating election rules in favor of Democratic politicians. H.R. 1 is nothing but a left-wing power grab and is definitely not “for the people.”
We fully agree. H.R.1 is not about empowering the people. It is all about empowering politicians at the federal level.
A more appropriate name for H.R.1 might be the We The Politicians Act.
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