Voting laws; Senate Bill 1 (H.R. 1)

As you probably know by now, Senate Bill 1, ironically named “For The People”, was defeated in the Senate yesterday. Specifically, the Republicans were able to block its advancement to cloture by using the filibuster. Every Republican voted against it; even turncoat R’s couldn’t ignore the toxic nature of this bill. Many of its elements are invitations to commit voting or election fraud.

Senator Chuck Schumer could now change the rules of the Senate to eliminate the filibuster, or lowering the threshold from 60 to 55, and he will be pressured to do so by the far-left wing of his party. As I’m sure you know, there has been tremendous pressure already on Senators Sinema and Manchin to join the effort.

In any case, Senator Schumer has vowed to continue the effort to pass this bill. Here is what is going on now:

The stated purpose of Senate Bill 1 is this:

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But it’s not good. What it really does (for Federal elections):

  • Requires access to internet voter registration
  • Require the states to implement an automatic voter registration system; info from other government agencies automatically registers individuals for Federal elections unless the individual declines to be registered.
  • Requires the states to implement same day voter registration
  • Restricts the ability of the states to remove names from the voter rolls
  • Restores voting rights to criminals
  • Requires 15 days of early voting for at least 10 hours per day
  • Requires the states to allow unrestricted voting by mail (absentee)
  • Requires states to provide voting drop boxes. Minimum period for availability of drop boxes.—The period described in this subsection is, with respect to an election, the period which begins 45 days before the date of the election and which ends at the time the polls close for the election in the county involved.
  • Prohibits states from restricting curbside voting
  • No individual can be required to wait longer than 30 minutes to vote

There is much more. HERE is the text of the bill. Although this supposedly is restricted to Federal elections, which is bad enough, we all know that from a practical standpoint it will really apply to most elections, state and local included.

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10 Responses to Voting laws; Senate Bill 1 (H.R. 1)

  1. jeans2nd says:

    There’s that word again – fortify.
    We’ve read that before.
    Don’t think they mean what we used to think it means.
    But we know better now.

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  2. geoffg12 says:

    Why is what the Dems are doing and promise to do, not a prosecutable offense? They get away with it, as long as Biden is considered the prez; otherwise, we could arrest them for their obvious anti-American activities.

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    • stella says:

      Passing this legislation would be terrible, but not illegal, or prosecutable.

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    • stella says:

      As I responded earlier to auscitizenmom:

      Unfortunately, Congress can make voting laws.

      Although the Elections Clause makes states primarily responsible for regulating congressional elections, it vests ultimate power in Congress. Congress may pass federal laws regulating congressional elections that automatically displace (“preempt”) any contrary state statutes, or enact its own regulations concerning those aspects of elections that states may not have addressed. 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.

      https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/article-i/clauses/750

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Oh, okay. Well, that kinda sucks.

        Liked by 1 person

      • stella says:

        Here is the section in the Constitution:

        Article I
        Section 4
        Clause 1

        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.

        Of course the election of Senators has since been changed by Amendment 17.

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  3. Pa Hermit says:

    I find it hard to believe that these pinheads won an honest election! It’d be like these election crowd hiring a hundred lawyers to go against an honest election? Hard to conceive that the Democrat voter is this ignorant. Wow, I can’t see the forest for all these trees???? And I’m supposed to buy this?

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  4. stella says:

    Love this!

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  5. stella says:

    Another fun fact.

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  6. stella says:

    Lucille posted this over on the General Discussion Thread. I’m repeating it here.

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