The House passed a sweeping election reform bill on Wednesday designed to overhaul the U.S. election system.
The For the People Act of 2021, also known as H.R. 1, passed 220 to 210 without House Republican support.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) posted a video highlighting the consequences of the H.R. 1 bill including how our election system would be weakened.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 3, 2021
There are numerous concerns with this sweeping election reform bill.
Fox News reports:
The bill would create automatic voter registration across the country and allow felons who have served their sentences to vote. The bill would also expand early voting and enhance absentee voting by simplifying voting by mail.
Republican Florida Representative Kat Cammack said H.R. 1 is a “power grab” and that millions of tax-payer dollars will be shifted to politicians.
H.R. 1 is a disaster. Here's what it does:
– Allows 16 year olds to vote
– Gives $25 vouchers to citizens for candidates of their choosing
– Redefines free speech
– Triggers universal mail-in ballots
– Creates an election czar
– Strips voter ID requirements…and MORE. pic.twitter.com/j2zSJaFa07
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) March 3, 2021
H.R.1 is House Democracts' top priority. It will federalize elections, put taxpayer dollars toward campaigns and make the FEC a partisan entity. States should be empowered to make elections fair, safe and secure.
DC politicians do not need more power. pic.twitter.com/5tojnd4u4p
— Tracey Mann (@RepMann) March 2, 2021
President Biden issued a statement praising the passage of H.R. 1 and vowed to sign the bill should it pass the Senate.
In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy; a coordinated attempt to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the American people never before seen in our history; and a new wave of aggressive attacks on voting rights taking place in states across the country, I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021.
Biden celebrates House passing HR 1, Dems' campaign bill, vows work to 'refine and advance' legislation https://t.co/PrADT4Kt0L
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 4, 2021
The Heritage Foundation published a fact sheet about H.R. 1 in February, saying, the bill “would federalize and micromanage the election process administered by the states,” among other things.
Critics commented on social media.
Democrats claim the 2020 election was the safest election on record.
So why are they pushing the more than 800 page H.R. 1 bill to change elections from here on out?
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 3, 2021
The honesty and integrity of our election system are crucial, however, Democrats are scheming to change the rules to ensure victory in future elections.