LDF published an analysis of the election administration provisions of House Resolution 1 (HR 1):
House Resolution 1 (HR1), otherwise named “For the People Act of 2019”, is the omnibus election law bill filed in the House of Representatives by its new liberal majority. The legislation is sweeping in nature, overturning the federalism foundation of the electoral process in the United States that has been in place for the past two centuries.
The 571-page bill includes over 30 significant new mandates placed on the states from the federal government, not including the dozens of other smaller requirements, policies, and centralized standards placed on the 50 states and over 8,000 local jurisdictions that administer elections in the nation. The far-reaching legislation would reverse the current decentralized nature of elections by preempting state laws across the country and placing the control of election and voting policy within the federal government. . . .
The federal government is not designed or equipped to oversee elections in the thousands of communities that administer elections across the country. Yet, if the bill were ever to become law, every state in the nation would be required to significantly alter their means and methods of registration and voting. All states would be required to institute automatic voter registration, same day registration, online voter registration, and reduce the integrity of the registration system by restricting address list maintenance that ensures the accuracy of the voter rolls. All states would be required to implement no-excuse mail voting and two weeks of early voting, and state laws on felons voting in elections would be preempted. . . .
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on HR 1. Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation testified (internal citations omitted): In summary, many of the provisions of H.R. 1 are clearly unconstitutional. Others are redundant and unnecessary, covering areas and issues where existing federal law is more than…
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