by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
The fate of the massive elections bill, H.R. 1, now sits with the U.S. Senate. More specifically, its fate rests on whether Democrats will change the rules and cram the behemoth bill that federalizes elections through the U.S. Senate. Under that scenario, Vice President Harris would be in line to cast the deciding Democratic vote. That would put the bill on its way to President Biden’s desk.
“Those who won the election, who have the majority are going to be faced with a choice: do they protect voting rights or do they protect the filibuster rule?” said Stephen Spaulding, senior counsel for public policy & senior adviser at Common Cause. “I don’t think saying, ‘Oh, but the filibuster,’ is going to cut it.”
The “For the People Act,” known as HR1, is a broad bill that would create automatic, same-day, and online voter registration nationwide. It includes some measures that would require states to overhaul their registration systems. It would expand absentee voting, limit the states’ ability to remove people from voter rolls, increase federal funds for election security and reform the redistricting process.
Stunning results from the new Civitas poll show that fewer than half of North Carolina voters – 49% – believe next year’s elections will be free and fair. A full 40% believe they won’t be free and fair.
Imagine those numbers if/once the Democrats have their way with H.R. 1. Every state’s elections will be impacted. Thanks to Locke’s elections expert, Andy Jackson, we know how North Carolina could/would be effected by H.R. 1. And it’s not pretty, as Andy detailed in a recent Shaftesbury Society forum. Don’t miss his comments — and his slides, which illustrate some of the alarming provisions and result.