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Changes to our Elections. 1 of 3.

Currently, the bill known as H.R. 1 or more commonly known as the Corrupt Politicians Act is making its way through Congress. What follows is a list compiled by the Epoch Times on how the bill would change our elections as we know them.

Gives the federal government authority to administer elections: Although the U.S. Constitution gives states the authority to run their elections as they see fit, Democrats have interpreted the Constitution in their favor, stating in H.R. 1 that “Congress finds that it has broad authority to regulate the time, place, and manner of congressional elections under the Elections Clause of the Constitution, Article I, section 4.”

Limits a plaintiff’s access to federal courts when challenging H.R. 1: The bill mandates that any lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of H.R. 1 could only be filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia and all plaintiffs would be required “to file joint papers or to be represented by a single attorney at oral argument.”

Mandates automatic voter registration (AVR) in all 50 states (19 states currently have AVR): In what proponents call“modernizing” elections, any person who gives their information to designated government agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, a public university, or a social service agency, would be registered to vote. The bill mandates same-day and online registration.

Mandates no-fault absentee ballots: This provision does away with witness signature or notarization requirements for absentee ballots. Additionally, it would force states to accept absentee ballots received up to 10 days after Election Day.

Prevents election officials from removing ineligible voters from registries or confirming the eligibility and qualifications of voters: The bill would make it illegal to verify the address of registered voters, cross-checking voter registration lists to find individuals registered in multiple states, or ever removing registrants, no matter how much time has elapsed.

Restores the Voting Rights Act: This provision requires states to obtain approval from the federal government before implementing any changes to voting rules. There is also a provision that criminalizes the “hindering, interfering, or preventing” of anyone from registering or voting.

Bans state voter ID laws: States would no longer be allowed to require ID for voting and would be forced to accept signed statements from individuals claiming to verify who they say they are.

Opens Door to Illegal Immigrants Voting: The bill shields non-citizens from prosecution if they are registered to vote automatically. Agencies wouldn’t be required to keep records of those who decline to affirm their citizenship.

Allows same-day voter registration: States would be required to permit same-day registration, including for early voting, at polling stations. The section includes a clause that requires same-day voter registration to be implemented in time for the upcoming elections in 2022.

Allows 16-year-olds to register to vote: From Jan. 1, 2022, states wouldn’t be allowed to refuse a voting application from anyone aged 16 or older. Additionally, states would be required “to carry out a plan to increase the involvement of individuals under 18 years of age in public election activities.”

This is the first ten of 30 points regarding how much of a dumpster fire piece of legislation covering 886 pages. I will have another two posts regarding this horrible legislation. Please call and or write your congressional representatives and encourage them to vote no on this massive boondoggle of a bill.

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