The first bill introduced in the House of Representatives when the Democrats took over was H.R. 1. The bill was sponsored by Representative John P. Sarbanes of Maryland and is called the “For the People Act of 2019.” Great, only it’s really not for the people–it’s for bigger federal government and smaller state governments.
Politifact posted an article on February 8th about the bill.
The article mentions some of the demands the bill would make on states:
• Offer online voter registration;
• Establish automatic voter registration;
• Allow voter registration on the day of a federal election;
• Allow voters to correct their registration information at the polls;
• Restore voting rights to felons after they leave prison;
• Offer at least 15 days of early voting; and,
• Follow new rules before purging voters from registration lists.
The bill also has several measures related to campaign finance or ethics:
• Require super PACs to disclose donors who give more than $10,000;
• Require major online platforms to maintain an online public record of people who buy at least $500 worth of political ads; and
• Use public financing to match small dollar donations to House and presidential candidates.
There are also some other interesting items in the bill listed in a pjmedia article of January 10th:
It forces states to implement mandatory voter registration. If someone is on a government list — such as receiving welfare benefits or rental subsidies — then they would be automatically registered to vote. Few states have enacted these systems because Americans still view civic participation as a voluntary choice.
…H.R. 1 would also force states to have extended periods of early voting, and mandates that early voting sites be near bus or subway routes.
…H.R. 1 also undermines the First Amendment by exerting government control over political speech and undoing the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision.
The proposal also undoes another Supreme Court decision. In Husted, a case arising out of Ohio, the Court ruled that federal laws — known as “Motor Voter” — do not prohibit states from using a voter’s inactivity from triggering a mailing to that voter to see if they still are living at that location. H.R. 1 would undo that ruling and prohibit states from effectively cleaning voter rolls.
For further information follow the link to the pjmedia article.
Article 1 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states:
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.
States are given the authority to hold elections. To put the federal government in charge of elections is to open the door for fraud on a large scale. That is exactly what H.R. 1 does.