Last night, Congress passed a bill that would set nationwide standards for federal elections: it would require states to allow wide use of mail-in ballots, and set a minimum number of days for early voting. Also, felons are re-enfranchised, voter registration is modernized (automatically digitally registering every eligible voter whenever they have contact with a designated state agency), and makes it illegal for certain kinds of Republican rat-eff’ery like telling voters that Election Day is on Thursday and so on.
The WaPo says it more elegantly:
“The bill’s voting provisions would guarantee no-excuse mail voting and at least 15 days of early voting for federal elections; require states to use their existing government records to automatically register citizens to vote; restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences; and mandate the use of paper ballots.”
“Other provisions would create new disclosure requirements for ‘dark money’ donations to political groups; require states to appoint independent commissions to draw congressional districts; and create new federal standards for election equipment vendors.”
The Dems aim to block The Coup Klux Klan’s state legislatures from passing bills that would limit mail-in voting, cut back on early voting, impose new voter identification requirements and take other steps that would make voting more difficult.
The GQP is not happy:
Lord Damp Nut:
“This monster must be stopped. It cannot be allowed to pass.”
Minority Leader K-Mac:
“It is an unparalleled political grab.”
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL):
“If signed into law, H.R. 1 would be the greatest expansion of the federal government’s role in our elections than we have ever seen.”
Davis is right, it would be a major expansion of Washington’s authority, which Democrats say is needed to protect voting rights against restrictions in Republican states. Republicans will fight this with everything they’ve because they know that the only thing keeping them in power is voter suppression.
And so now the action turns to the Senate and the Man Who Would Be King, Joe Manchin.