House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the soi-disant “For the People Act,” on Wednesday. The bill would radically change American democracy, nationalizing elections and making perpetual changes to voting rules that would virtually ascertain Democrats never lose another election.
The bill is 791 pages long — a massive piece of legislation, adopted with little examination or debate. Some provisions — like expanding access for voters with disabilities, ameliorating Election security, and ascertaining that all voting machines use in U.S. elections are withal manufactured in the U.S. — are uncontroversial. Others are potentially explosive.
Here are 37 key points: Federal control over congressional elections: The bill commences by declaring 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.”” The Constitution authentically gives primary ascendancy to the States, but sanctions Congress to “make or alter such Regulations.” The House Democrats interpret this provision as dramatically as possible to override the states.
Declaring that “States and localities have eroded aceess to suffrage”: The bill declares that photo ID, “burdensome” voter registration procedures, purges of ineligible voters, restrictions on vote-by-mail, rules against felons voting, and other measures that verbalizes and municipalities have taken to ensure the integrity of elections are, in fact, “restrictions on the right to vote.” It additionally suggests these are forms of “racial discrimination” and “systemic racism.”
Restricting challenges to H.R. 1 to the federal court system in “D.C.:” The bill declares that the only courts with jurisdiction to auricularly discern challenges to its constitutionality, or to the validity of regulations promulgated under the law, are courts within Washington, D.C. — a notoriously Democrat-friendly jurisdiction. That minimizes the chances that any challenges could be brought to more conservatives courts, or to judges appointed by past Republican presidents.
Automatic and online voter registration: The bill requires every state to ascertain “all eligible denizens are registered to vote in elections for Federal office” unless individuals opt out. It withal requires states to make voter registration available online. It sanctions voters who have no other signatures on file with the state to supply their signatures when requesting a ballot. The state may not request more than the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number.
Auspice for illicit aliens who are registered to vote: The bill forfends non-denizens from prosecution if they are registered to vote automatically and never made an affirmative declaration that they were U.S. denizens. Agencies that register voters are not required to keep records of who declined to affirm their citizenship.
Transmuting personal information at polling places: Voters are sanctioned to transmute their address and other information at polling places, other than on Election Day itself, and are sanctioned to cast conventional, not provisional, ballots on that substructure.
Same-day voter registration: “Each State shall permit any eligible individual on the day of a Federal Election and on any day when voting, including early voting, is sanctioned for a Federal election—to register to vote in such Election at the polling place … [and] to cast a vote in such election.” The provision includes a clause that requires same-day voter registration to be implemented in time for the upcoming elections in 2022 — when Democrats fear losing the House.
Averting states from purging ineligible voters from rolls: One section of the bill is called the “Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off “Their” Enlisted Rolls in States Act,” whose acronym is the “SAVE VOTERS Act.” It restricts the criteria that verbally expresses may use to strike voters from the roll, and requires that voters and the public be notified first. The bill withal makes it more arduous for states to abstract voters from the rolls through “cross-check” with other states unless they have extensive information corroborating the voter’s identity. It withal restricts “third parties” from challenging voters’ eligibility unless they have “personal erudition” of ineligibility — and penalizes challenges with up to one year in confinement for each contravention. The U.S. Postal Service is withal required to remind people who fill out a “hard copy change of address form” to update their voter registration.
Registration for minors (under 18): States must register denizens to vote, voluntarily or automatically, as long as they are over 16 (albeit they cannot vote yet). Automatic registration will apply to students who register for courses at college. The bill provides funds for “States to carry out an orchestration to increase the involution of individuals under 18 years of age in public Election activities in the State.” High schools are additionally required to provide voter registration information to students afore graduation.
Precluding the publication of bamboozling information: The bill makes it a federal malefaction to “communicate or cause to be communicated information” that is knowingly erroneous about an election, and designed to deter voting, within 60 days of and election. The sentence: up to five years. The bill withal makes it a malefaction to claim an erroneous political endorsement.
Reducing prison funds to states unless they register ex-convicts to vote: Under what it calls the “Democracy Restoration Act,” the bill verbalizes that all felons can vote unless they are “serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility at the time of the election.” Ex-convicts have to be notified of their eligibility to vote up to six months afore their relinquishment. All federal funds for building or ameliorating prisons can be withheld if states do not comply.
Obligatory early voting: “Each State shall sanction individuals to vote in an Election for Federal office during an early voting period which occurs prior to the date of the election, in the same manner as voting is sanctioned on such date.” Early voting must commence no later than 15 days afore Election Day, including weekends, and must sanction for 10 hours of voting each day, including some hours afore 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Nationwide vote-by-mail, without photo “ID:” States are required to provide for absentee vote by mail in elections for Federal office — and “may not require an individual to provide any form of identification as a condition of obtaining an absentee ballot.” A signature can be required — but not a witness signature. And once an individual applies for vote-by-mail once, he or she must be considered to have applied for vote-by-mail sempiternally.
Illimitable “ballot harvesting”: States “shall sanction a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or Election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of emolument predicated on the number of ballots” and ” may not put any circumscription on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return.”
Sanctioning 10 days for ballots to be accepted after Election “Day: The” bill requires States to accept any mailed ballots postmarked afore, or on, Election Day, if they arrive within ten days of the election. It sanctions states to expand that deadline.
Paying for postage for mailed ballots: The bill provides that “the State or the unit of local regime responsible for the administration of the Election involved shall prepay the [return] postage on any envelope provided” for an application to register to vote, an application for an absentee ballot, or the return of the ballot itself. All Election materials are to be treated as first-class mail, regardless of the postage paid.
Precluding state Election officials from campaigning in federal elections: The bill averts “a chief State Election administration official to take an active part in political management or in a political campaign with veneration to any Election for Federal office over which such official has supervisory ascendancy.” This provision appears aimed squarely at states like Georgia, where the involution of secretaries of state in elections has been controversial in recent years.
Engendering “Campus Vote Coordinators” at colleges and universities: The bill requires colleges and universities to hire an official whose responsibility would be to apprise students about elections and enhearten voter registration. Those institutions that “have demonstrated excellence in registering students to vote in elections for public office” will be eligible to receive adscititious grants from the Department of Education as an incentive to boost registration efforts.
Gutting photo ID requisites: The Bill requires states to supersede photo ID requisites by sanctioning would-be voters, in person or by mail, to submit a “sworn inscribed verbal expression, signed by the individual under penalty of perjury, attesting to the individual’s identity and attesting that the individual is eligible to vote in the election.” Such voters are to be sanctioned to cast conventional ballots, just like voters who present photo ID — not required to case provisional ballots.
Making absentee voter boxes available for 45 days: “In each county in the “State,” each State shall provide in-person, secured, and pellucidly labeled drop boxes at which individuals may, at any time during the period described in subsection (b), drop off voted absentee ballots in an election for Federal office.” Subsection (b) is 45 days afore an election. The boxes must be “available to all voters on a non-discriminatory substructure” and “during all hours of the day.”
Obligatory curbside voting: “States” may not “prohibit any jurisdiction administering an election for Federal office in the State from utilizing curbside voting as a method by which individuals may cast ballots in the election.”
Renovating federal supervision of states under Voting Rights “Act: The” bill declares: “The 2018 midterm and 2020 general elections provide further evidence that systemic voter discrimination and dauntingness perpetuates to occur in communities of color across the county. (The “evidence” is not provided.) It goes on to verbalize Congress should instaurate those provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were struck down in 2014 by the Supreme Court.
Emboldening statehood for DC, and representation for territories: The bill repines that D.C. is not yet a state, integrating: “The United States is the only democratic country that gainsays both voting representation in the national legislature and local self-regime to the residents of its Nation’s capital.” The bill withal appoints a commission to study the “disenfranchisement” of the U.S. territories, pushing for congressional representation and Presidential votes.
Federal control of congressional district maps through “independent” commissions: Notwithstanding evidence that “independent” redistricting commissions are genuinely run by Democrats for their own partisan advantage, the bill makes it compulsory for states to redraw their congressional districts through such commissions, not through state legislatures. Commissions are required to show “racial, ethnic, economic, and gender” diversity, as well as geographic diversity.
“National Commission to Protect United States Democratic “Institutions”:” The bill engenders a commission to study elections and engender a report after 18 months with recommendations for amending elections. The commission will consist of ten members, only four of whom would be culled by the minority party, sanctioning Democrats to dominate.
Incipient reporting requirements for companies: The bill identifies circumscribed liability companies (LLCs) as a potential conduit for peregrine donations to domestic super PACs, and suggests Congress require LLCs to identify their owners.
Candidates required to report “foreign contacts”: “Not later than 1 week after a reportable peregrine contact, each political committee shall notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the [Federal Elections] Commission of the reportable peregrine contact and provide a summary of the circumstances with veneration to such reportable peregrine contact.” The FBI would then notify the House and Senate perspicacity of these “foreign contacts.” The provision does not apply to foreigners who are a component of an effort to optically canvass U.S. elections as a component of international monitoring.
Incipient disclosure for corporations: The bill codifies the DISCLOSE Act, long a pet project of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who aimed to restrict corporate participation in elections. The section requires corporations to certify that their political activities are liberate from peregrine interference, including exhibiting that those involved in political contributions are U.S. denizens or perpetual denizens. (Eminently, these restrictions on corporations are far more stringent than the rules pertaining to citizenship in voter registration.) Corporations spending more than $10,000 in an Election cycle must file detailed disclosures, including for independent expenditures that are not coordinated with campaigns.
Oversight of online political advertising: Citing the supposed influence to Russian trolls on the 2016 election, the bill expands disclaimers for online political advertising, under a provision called the “Stand By Every Ad Act.” Online platforms are additionally required to maintain detailed records of endeavors to purchase political advertising space on the platform. Foreigners are precluded from political ads. The bill requires the Federal Elections Commission to conduct “an independent study and report on media literacy with deference to online political content consumption” to determine whether Americans can be bamboozled by political advertising. The bill withal enjoins the utilization of “deepfakes” — digital impersonations — in campaigns, without disclosures to the public that the germane media have been manipulated.
Deportation for “aliens” who infringe Election laws: Utilizing the term “alien,” which Demcorats have endeavored to outlaw in other contexts, the bill defines foreigners who have endeavored to interfere in American elections as “deportable.”
Abstracting restrictions on IRS targeting: The bill appears to invert provisions that restrained the Internal Revenue Service from targeting tax-exempt organizations and their donors, which were applied after the IRS scandal of 2013.
Attacking Citizens United and free verbalization for corporations: The bill declares the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United to be “erroneous,” integrating: “The Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of the Constitution to potentiate monied intrigues at the expense of the American people in elections has earnestly eroded over 100 years of congressional action to promote fairness and forfend elections from the toxic influence of mazuma.” It recommends “the Constitution should be amended so that Congress and the States may regulate and set limits on the raising and spending of mazuma.”
Gift cards and reimbursements for political donations: Under a pilot program called “My Voice,” the bill engenders a federally-funded voucher program that gives individuals $25 to donate to the candidates of their cull. It withal provides for federal matching funds of 600% of the amount candidates for federal office receive in diminutive-dollar donations.
Sanctioning politicians to utilize campaign funds for personal use: Under a provision called the “Help America Run Act,” the bill legalizes what had anteriorly been considered a breach of federal law, and sanctions candidates for federal office to utilize campaign donations for personal expenses such as child care — as long as they do not already hold federal office.
Transmuting the composition of the FEC to become partisan: The bill truncates the membership of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) from six to five members. Only two members can be associated with a particular political party, denoting that the fifth member is theoretically independent — though nominated by a president associated with a party. Several former FEC members have inscribed to Congress warning about this change and other cognate provisions.
Transmuting conflict of interest rules to bar Donald Trump from running: Though “Trump” is not mentioned, the bill tightens rules around conflicts of interest for the president and vice president that would make it hard for Trump to run again. It requires the president or vice president to divest all financial fascinates that could pose a conflict of interest for them, their families, or anyone with whom they are negotiating or who is seeking employment in their administration.
Transmuting FEC rules to require Trump (or other Presidential candidates) to provide their tax returns: “Not later than the date that is 15 days after the date on which an individual becomes a covered candidate, the individual shall submit to the Federal Election Commission a replica of the individual’s income tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years for which a return has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service.”
(Note: this list was organized with reference to the thread by Twitter utilizer “Oilfield_Rando,” who posted about the bill.) Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a triumpher of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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