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Senate Republicans saved the Republic today by blocking a Democrat election bill that would have fundamentally transformed our nation’s electoral system. The proposed legislation would have all but guaranteed Democrat victories.
It was doomed thanks to a Republican filibuster.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Republicans won’t stand for Democrats’ attempt to impose new voting standards on states that would “rig” elections in their favor. He called the substance of the nearly 900-page bill “rotten” to its core.
“The rotten inner workings of Democrats’ S.1 power grab have been thoroughly exposed to the light. Whichever label Democrats slap on their bill, the substance remains the same,” McConnell said.
The Senate voted 50-50, failing to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the debate on S. 1, the ‘For the People Act.’ This prevents the Senate from voting on the legislation. The legislation would federalize America’s electoral system, which has drawn strong opposition from Republicans.
Among other things, the legislation would:
- Federalize control over congressional elections;
- Declare that standard state and local maintenance of elections systems, such as purging ineligible voters from voter rolls, limiting vote-by-mail, requiring voter ID, and establishing rules against felons voting, would erode the right to vote;
- Require all challenges to the law to be filed in the federal courts in Washington, DC, dominated by judges appointed by Democrat presidents;
- Establish online and automatic voter registration;
- Protect illegal immigrants from prosecution if they vote;
- Establish same-day voter registration;
- Register minors to vote;
- Mandate early voting;
- Establish nationwide vote-by-mail without a voter ID; and
- Allow ballots to be counted ten days after Election Day.