Democrats are calling H.R. 1 the “For the People Act,” but as is the case with most legislation, the friendly title conceals the dirty details.
As our writer Teri Christoph summarized in her coverage, HR1 would: Legalize ballot harvesting, eliminate state voter ID laws, empower the federal government to draw district lines for the states, allow convicted felons to vote the minute they are released from prison, expand mail-in voting, standardize same-day voter registration, force the disclosure of names of all citizens who donate to non-profit organizations, and provide public matching funds for congressional and presidential candidates at a 6:1 ratio.
The bill has passed the house in a 220-210 vote, and it’s fate is unclear in the split senate. Twenty Republican State AGs have sent a letter to congressional leaders arguing that H.R. 1 violates Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II.
Speaking to Hannity last night, Senator Ted Cruz argued that the bill will be used by Democrats to steal elections.