Dem-Propaganda to Take Over Election Process
John R. Houk, Blog Editor
March 5, 2019
If you haven’t heard already, you will probably a lot of promotion of Rep. (Speaker) Pelosi’s HR 1 named with typical Leftist deception, “For the People Act of 2019”. There is nothing for the people in this voting revamp-Bill. There is a load of destroy the American election process which among other things threatens 10th Amendment States’ Rights.
Thanks to the Heritage Foundation, here is some must read information to counter the lying propaganda the Dems will be pitching for support.
I am cross posting the Heritage Foundation email alert and a couple links within that email.
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House Democrats’ #1 priority this week is to weaken our election process for decades…
From Janae Stracke, Grassroots Director
Sent Mar 4, 2019, 12:31 PM
Sent by Heritage Action for America
The House will vote this week on H.R. 1, the Democrat-backed “For the People Act.” This deceptively-titled bill would strip the American people and state governments’ of their power to oversee their own elections and hand it over to the federal government.
Democrats want to rig the election process in their favor without anyone noticing, and federalizing election oversight provides them the perfect cover to do so.
H.R. 1 mandates changes that make it near impossible to ensure the integrity of our elections. Specifically the bill would:
- Mandate same-day voter registration
- Automatically add illegal aliens to voter registration rolls
- Abolish state voter ID laws
- Allow voters to vote outside their precinct
- Give one party majority control of the Federal Elections Commission
Nancy Pelosi is using her new power in the House Democrat majority to weaken our election system for generations. She must be stopped.
In order to shine a big spotlight on the issue, we are taking to Twitter this Wednesday—and we need your help.
Please join grassroots activists nationwide on Twitter to expose this election fraud bill. We need to send the message that the “For the People Act” is #NOTforthePeople.
Join our #TweetFest on Wednesday, March 6 from 11 am – 2 pm ET to engage with our representatives with tweets urging them to vote against this anti-democratic bill.
Check out our latest issue brief here to get smart on the issue. Let’s take over Twitter and show the liberals in Congress that America still stands for the First Amendment and is against their #NOTforthePeopleAct. Together, we can bolster the conservative coalition and make sure there are no conservative votes for Nancy Pelosi’s election fraud bill.
Talk to you soon,
The Facts About H.R. 1—the For the People Act of 2019
February 1, 2019
H.R. 1 federalizes and micromanages the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process—which is necessary for protecting our liberty and freedom. The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.
- R. 1 federalizes and micromanages the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states.
- The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters and to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls.
- R. 1 reverses the decentralization of the American election process—which is necessary for protecting our liberty and freedom.
H.R. 1 federalizes and micromanages the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process—which is necessary for protecting our liberty and freedom.
The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.
What H.R. 1 Would Do:
- Seize the authority of statesto regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.
- Make it easier to commit fraudand promotes chaos at the polls through same-day registration, as election officials have no time to verify the accuracy of voter registration information and cannot anticipate the number of voters, ballots, and precinct workers that will be needed.
- Hurt voter turnout through early voting by diffusing the intensity of get-out-the-vote efforts; it raises the cost of campaigns. Voters who vote early don’t have the same information as those who vote on Election Day, missing late-breaking developments that could affect their choices.
- Degrade the accuracy of registration lists by automatically registering individuals from state databases, such as DMV and welfare offices, by registering large numbers of ineligible voters, including aliens as well as multiple or duplicate registrations of the same individuals.
- Constitute a recipe for massive voter registration fraud by hackers and cyber criminals through online voter registrationnot tied to an existing state record, such as a driver’s license.
- Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their assigned precinct, overriding the precinct system used by almost all states that allows election officials to monitor votes, staff polling places, provide enough ballots, and prevent election fraud. Mandates no-fault absentee ballots, whichare the tool of choice for vote thieves.
- Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and remove ineligible voters. This includes restrictions on using the U.S. Postal Service’s national change-of-address system to verify the address of registered voters; participating in state programs that compare voter registration lists to detect individuals registered in multiple states; or everremoving registrants due to a failure to vote no matter how much time has gone by.
- Cripple the effectiveness of state voter ID lawsby allowing individuals to vote without an ID and merely signing a statement in which they claim they are who they say they are.
- Violate the First Amendment and could cover a vast range of legal activity. Voter intimidation or coercion that prevents someone from registering or voting is already a federal crime under the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. But H.R. 1 adds an additional provision to prevent interference with registering or voting that is so vague that it could easily interfere with free speech and other lawful activity.
- Expand regulation and government censorship of campaigns and political activity and speech,including online and policy-related speech. H.R. 1 imposes onerous legal and administrative compliance burdens and costs on candidates, citizens, civic groups, unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Many of these provisions violate the First Amendment, protect incumbents, and reduce the accountability of politicians to the public.
- Reduce the number of Federal Election Commission membersfrom six to five, allowing the political party with three commission seats to control the commission and engage in partisan enforcement activities.
- Prohibit state election officials from participating in federal elections and impose numerous other “ethics” rules that are unconstitutional or unfairly restrict political activity.
- Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote the moment they are out of prison. Section 2 of the 14th Amendment gives states the constitutional authority to decide when felons who committed crimes against their fellow citizens may vote again. Congress cannot override a constitutional amendment with a statute.
- Transfer the right to draw congressional districts from state legislatures to “independent” commissions whose members are unaccountable to voters. H.R. 1 makes it a violation of federal law to engage in “partisan” redistricting and mandates inclusion of alien population, both legal and illegal, in all redistricting. This is an anti-democratic, unconstitutional measure that takes away the ability of the citizens of a state to make their own decision about redistricting.
- Violate separation of powers and directly interfere with the President’s constitutional duties. H.R. 1 bans his political appointees, such as the Attorney General, from participating in, directing the defense of, or assisting in any matter (including lawsuits against a President’s policies, programs, executive orders, or his enforcement of the law) in which the President is named as a party.
H.R. 1 is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signature piece of legislation for the 116th Congress. Deceptively titled “For the People Act,” its primary goal is to rig the election system in favor of Democratic politicians by undermining America’s electoral process.
Under H.R. 1, massive amounts of elections-related power would be transferred from the states to the federal government. The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.
The end goal of H.R. 1 is clear—to enshrine into law dubious electoral practices that enable and encourage fraudulent behavior, such as ballot harvesting, false voter registrations, duplicate voting, and ineligible voting.
Heritage scholar and election expert Hans Von Spakovsky summarized the problems with H.R. 1 as such, “Sometimes legislation proposed by Congress is bad policy; sometimes it is unnecessary; and sometimes it is unconstitutional. H.R. 1 is all three.”
At 600+ pages long, H.R. 1 contains many provisions that are unhelpful, unnecessary, and unconstitutional. Below are just a few of the terrible policies contained within of H.R. 1:
Sabotages state voter ID laws—When arriving at the polls, voters will not be required to show ID and can simply sign a statement in which they claim to be who they say they are. This undermines many states’ voter ID laws, which were enacted to combat impersonation fraud, voter registration fraud, duplicate voting, and voting by ineligible individuals, such as illegal aliens.
Mandates same-day registration—States will be required to immediately register a person to vote upon request, even on the day of an election. With no buffer-period to verify personal information, this provision could easily lead to voter fraud.
Automatically registers ineligible voters—States will be required to automatically add to voter registration rolls every person, regardless of voter eligibility, who partakes in certain government programs, such as receiving welfare or obtaining a driver’s license. Other provisions of H.R. 1 then restrict the ability of states to verify eligible voters and the removal of ineligible voters from voter registration rolls. This provision will automatically enroll ineligible voters such as illegal aliens.
Unconstitutionally requires states to restore the ability of felons to vote—Upon release from prison, every felon would immediately be restored the ability to vote. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution allows states to restrict voting rights to those who have participated in “rebellion, or other crime.” States have the constitutional authority to decide when or if to restore that right, as long as they do so in a manner that is not racially discriminatory. H.R. 1 would attempt to unconstitutionally overrule the 14th Amendment with a statute.
Violates the First Amendment—H.R.1 deters political free speech by inserting a provision that makes it a criminal offense to provide “materially false” information that will “impede or prevent” someone from registering or voting. This provision is so vague that it would likely interfere with free speech and other legitimate activities.
Requires ballots be counted outside of the voter’s precinct—This removes the integrity of the local government to verify voter rolls and oversee elections and gives the power to count votes entirely to the federal government.
Creates unaccountable redistricting committees—Currently, congressional district lines are drawn by state governments which are accountable to their constituents. Allowing unelected officials to determine congressional districts is a nakedly political ploy to draw more Democratic districts.
Alters Federal Election Commission into a partisan organization—Currently the FEC has six members (three from each party), preserving its bipartisan nature. H.R. 1 would reduce the number to five, giving one party a majority and the opportunity to weaponize the FEC for their party’s benefit.
Key Talking Points
- Helps Liberals in Elections—R. 1 is designed to fund, elect, and maintain liberals in Congress, it even allows for using taxpayer dollars to fund candidates.
- Federalization of the Election Process—R. 1 allows for overreaching federal authority of election processes by imposing unnecessary and unconstitutional mandates on states.
- Removal of Redistricting Power—Under this bill, the power to draw congressional districts would be given to an unelected third-party.
- Automatic Registration of Ineligible Voters—R. 1 interferes with states’ abilities to determine qualifications for voters and destroys the accuracy of voter registration rolls.
- No Accountability for Vote Counting—Destroys the sanctity of the election process and endangers our democracy by requiring ballots be counted outside the county’s precinct.
- Felon Voter Registration—Upon release from prison, felons are automatically allowed to register as voters.
- Unchecked Voter Identification—States will be required to register voters on the day of elections and instead of requiring voters to bring ID to the polls H.R. 1 allows for people to simply “sign a statement” confirming identification. With no buffer-period to verify personal information, this provision could easily lead to voter fraud.
My name is [NAME] from [CITY AND ZIP CODE] and I am calling today to urge [MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to vote against H.R. 1.
This bill strips states’ rights to regulate their individual election processes and undermines the integrity of our election process. This micromanaging attempt at federalizing the election process destroys the sanctity of the election process and endangers our democracy. As with most programs, voting is best regulated at levels closest to the people.
Four of the most troubling provisions of H.R. 1 are:
- Requires states to restore the ability of felons to vote
- Jeopardizes First Amendment rights
- Federalizes congressional redistricting
- Turns the Federal Election Commission into a partisan organization
These requirements will make it harder to detect fraudulent votes and make it easier for illegal immigrants and other ineligible voters to be registered to vote. As a constituent of [MEMBER OF CONGRESS], I am asking that they stand for election integrity and vote against H.R. 1.
Thank you for your time.
Social Posts (remember to insert the social handle of your member)
H.R. 1 is deceptively titled the ‘For the People Act.’ A truer name would be the #StealElectionsAct
.@MEMBER, H.R. 1 sets a dangerous precedent that strips states of their election oversight and includes far-left policies that Americans like me do not support. Please vote against H.R. 1. #NOTForThePeopleAct
H.R. 1 would force states to allow same-day voter registration which opens the door for excessive fraud. @MEMBER please do not support this anti-democratic bill. #StealElectionsAct
The falsely named, “For The People Act,” is NOT for the people due to the nature of its left-wing priorities that would force states to comply with anti-democratic mandates. #NOTForThePeopleAct
.@SpeakerPelosi cares more about helping felons vote than she does about securing the border. Oppose #HR1 #NOTForThePeopleAct
Sample Letter to the Editor
Below is a sample letter to the editor. We encourage you to adapt and personalize the letter below. Heritage Action Regional Coordinators are always here to help edit your letter and get it published.
Public confidence and trust in the validity of election results is key to increasing voter participation. Americans deserve a fair and accurate election process. This means not only making sure that every eligible individual is able to vote, but that his or her vote is not stolen or diluted through fraud. The Democrats “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) unfortunately would both enable and increase fraud.
H.R. 1 would sabotage state voter ID laws, which currently combat impersonation and voter registration fraud, duplicate voting, and voting by ineligible individuals like illegal aliens. Under H.R. 1, someone could simply sign a statement in which they claim to be who they say there are. This would be on top of allowing same-day voter registration. The combination of these two policies that H.R. 1 outlines would open the door for massive fraud.
The bill would also require automatically registering individuals to vote who partake in government programs such as receiving welfare or obtaining a driver’s license. This would automatically enroll ineligible voters such as illegal aliens who take advantage of government programs. In addition, it limits states ability to verify eligible voters and remove ineligible voters from registration rolls.
In addition to these dangerous policies, it would turn the Federal Election Commission into a hyper-partisan body. Currently the FEC is bipartisan, with six members (three from each party). H.R. 1 would reduce the number to five, giving one political party a majority and the opportunity to essentially rig elections in their party’s favor.
Sometimes legislation proposed by Congress is bad policy, sometimes it is unnecessary, and sometimes it is unconstitutional. “For The People Act” includes policies that are all three, and I am urging [insert Representative’s Name] to reject this bill.
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