Republicans Defeat Radical Democrat Bill to Take Over America’s Elections

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 22, 2021   |   6:44PM   |   Washington, DC

Senate Republicans successfully defeated a radical Democrat bill to take over the nation’s election process in a way that could allow more election fraud than ever before and pave the way for making taxpayers fund pro-abortion Democrat candidates with their tax dollars.

Senate Republicans stopped the “For the People Act,” a federal takeover of elections, by preventing Democrats from getting 60 votes to move the legislation forward. All Republicans stuck together to oppose the bill.

The measure, which pro-life groups opposed for limiting pro-life free speech and disenfranchising pro-life voters, would have provided welfare for politicians with a 6-to-1 match of campaign donations with taxpayer money. It would attempt to overhaul and rewrite election laws for all 50 states in one fell swoop.

As pro-life Senator Richard Shelby said, “S.1 would permanently tip the scales in favor of Democrats by politicizing the FEC, pouring federal tax dollars into campaigns, and chilling free speech. Do Americans really want their taxes going toward a federal campaign fund that would finance the expenses of all candidates?”

He added: “S.1 makes election fraud easier to commit & harder to detect by allowing unlimited ballot harvesting, undermining voter ID laws, & making it more difficult to maintain accurate voter lists.”

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And pro-life Republican leader Mitch McConnell refuted Democrat claims that the bill fostered voter suppression.

“The biggest lie being told in American politics has been that the states are involved in a systematic effort to suppress the vote. That’s not happening. As we all know, we had the biggest voter turnout last year since 1900,” he said.

Marjorie Dannenfelser , the head of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews that “S. 1 is a direct attack on our nation’s democratic election process – a complete override of state election laws, that makes it easier to commit election fraud, and dilute millions of pro-life voices. Election integrity is an issue of vital strategic importance to the pro-life movement, and SBA List is dedicated to supporting measures that will restore fair, secure, and transparent elections so we can continue to elect pro-life champions and advocate for common sense, compassionate pro-life policy.”

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt said his pro-life group opposed the bill and he applauded its defeat:

“Despite contending to be ‘for the people,’ this bill would have imposed unworkable and invasive regulations on the ability of Americans and groups of citizens to discuss vital policy issues with elected officials or the public. It would have intruded upon the private financial decisions made by everyday citizens, subjecting them to harassment and intimidation simply for giving to causes they care about. The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that ‘the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail,’ so it is good that this legislation failed to pass the Senate. We commend the senators who took a stand for the First Amendment by rejecting this misleading and deeply flawed bill, and we hope the Senate will continue to reject any similar measures that trample on the free speech and free association rights of Americans.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) also slammed S1 as an “unprecedented partisan power grab.”

“The Democrats’ S. 1 is an unprecedented partisan power grab that seeks to undermine the sanctity of the ballot by codifying a federal takeover of local elections. The Democrat politicians act seeks to eviscerate widely supported voter ID requirements and use taxpayer dollars to bankroll political campaigns,” Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a release. “Americans understand states should run their own elections — not unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. As Democrats continue their assault on election integrity, the Republican Party remains committed to making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”