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.