House Resolution 1 (H.R.1), the “For the People” Act of 2021 was introduced on January 4, 2021 in the 117th Congress By Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-MD-3), and recently passed to the Senate on March 11, 2021. To say this is a controversial bill would be an understatement as this represents major reforms to the way we vote; something many Americans are sensitive to following the 2020 presidential election.
I took time to read through the bill recently. Frankly, it is a kludge obviously written by attorneys. Thank God today’s Democrats never had a chance to write the Constitution as they would have made it more voluminous than “War and Peace.”
We already know our voting system is far from bulletproof but what is proposed here will weaken it further. Here is a handful of the problems I found with it:
- The bill provides for voter registration over the Internet, allowing signatures in electronic form. As someone involved with the I.T. community for over 40 years, I see this as opening the floodgates to fraud. Maybe the authors of this bill are unfamiliar with the concept of Internet “hacking.” Not only will outsiders be allowed in, but this is a convenient way for the dead to come back to life and vote again.
- The bill wants every eligible citizen to be registered to vote, whether they want to or not. Let’s assume the Democrats pass another bill providing blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants, thereby making them U.S. citizens. This would fill the coffers of votes for years to come.
- In the bill, it states, “voter registration systems must be updated with 21st Century technologies and procedures to maintain their security.” This is laughable as computer technology is prone to security flaws. I would prefer 18th Century technologies instead, e.g., show up in person, prove you are a citizen, sign the rolls, etc.
- It goes on to say, “The chief State election official of each State shall establish and operate a system of automatic registration for the registration of eligible individuals to vote for elections for Federal office in the State, in accordance with the provisions of this part.” This would result in 50 different interpretations for how this is done. Since the Federal government is pressing the issue, why don’t they provide a standardized system?
- The bill promotes the ability for voters to vote by mail. Requesting a legitimate absentee ballot is one thing. Pushing massive voting by mail opens the doors to fraud as found in the 2020 election.
- Under the bill, no form of identification is required to obtain an absentee ballot. This means anyone can ask for an absentee ballot, be they a citizen or illegal immigrant.
- The bill proposes Election Day as a Public Holiday, representing yet another day for government employees to have another paid holiday.
- Contrary to popular belief, the bill does not provide for 16 year olds to vote. However, they can be registered to vote at this time. This hints at the next step of allowing more uninformed voters to vote.
- There is nothing in the bill about validating voter identity, verification of signatures, or checking rolls in a uniform manner. This is all about harvesting votes for the Democrats in an unscrupulous manner.
I have always considered the right to vote as a sacred honor, something that should be safeguarded, not given away. If this legislation is passed, it is yet another nail in the coffin to this great Republic. This bill is certainly not “For the People,” but rather for an autocratic form of government.
Keep the Faith!
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