May 20, 2022

Biden signs executive order expanding ‘voting access’

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday to “reform” voter access as the nation commemorated the anniversary of the Selma, Alabama, civil rights demonstration — but the reforms contained within the order could prove catatrophic. 

The executive order fact sheet notes:

Today, to mark the 56th anniversary of Selma with actions and not just words, President Biden will sign an Executive Order to promote voting access and allow all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy. This Executive Order will leverage the resources of the federal government to increase access to voter registration services and information about voting.

The president’s order follows the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act that proposes to expand mail-in voting, mandate same-day voter registration and create a nationwide voter registry.

Conservatives have opposed the legislation, calling it disastrous for election integrity.

A concerning aspect of the 800-page bill includes changes to campaign finance. The federal government “would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over.”

Further, the amended Disclose Act would require Super PACs to make the names of donors public. The change would in effect endanger individuals and organizations making donations, as political opponents could easily target them.

The bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate. However, some Senate Democrats hope to redesign the filibuster to move the legislation forward.

H.R. 1 passed two years ago in the House and was defeated in the then Republican-controlled Senate.

Despite Democrat efforts to pass H.R. 1, the proposed sweeping changes target conservative measures that are largely self-serving. A FreedomWorks statement well-noted, “This bill is NOT ‘For the People.’ The American people do not want it, and evidently, the full House Democratic conference doesn’t even want it either.”

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