Partisan election law ‘Priority of power over the will of the people’


To watch Senator Capito’s speech, click here or the picture above.

WASHINGTON, DC – US Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), a member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, spoke in the Senate today about S.1, the partisan law that federalizes local elections and aims to ban voter identification laws the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to a partisan agency and enable, among other things, the funding of campaigns by the federal government.

Senator Capito also highlighted a resolution signed by 54 of West Virginia’s 55 county officials, which included the document in the official Senate minutes, saying, “The largest demonstration against this law came from the West Virginia County Clerks Association. They passed a resolution against S. 1, which 54 of the 55 county clerks in my state signed. These are Republican and Democratic district officials. They make numerous complaints, many of which I have spoken of … they completely reject the arrogance of their constitutional responsibility to conduct elections safely, safely, and on time. I appreciate the letter from our clerks and understand their deep, deep concerns. “


ABOUT THE DEMOCRAT’S SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT DOES NOT EXIST: “Lawyers claim these sweeping efforts come in the form of laws ironically described as”For the People’s Law“Is getting more people to vote. To be clear, everyone, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, we all want more people to vote. The good news is that we have already done this across the country and in my home state of West Virginia. Remember that last year we voted under a pandemic, incredibly difficult situations for everyone. West Virginia ran a very successful election that suited our state. In 2020 we had thousands more voters than in 2016. In fact, the total number of ballots cast in 2020 was more than any other election in West Virginia history, with the exception of the 1960 elections … There were over 158 million ballots released in 2020. That is seven percent more than in 2016, this is under a pandemic. Each state decided how best to achieve maximum participation. Last November, every single state had a higher turnout than in the previous presidential election. “

What the invoice is really about: “It’s about federalizing elections, about taking power through elections. I think there is a lack of credibility. The point is really to implement absurd and downright un-American provisions in the draft law, which put power over the will of the people. “

ON PARTISAN PROCESS: “I am pleased to see that some of my Democratic colleagues are finally acknowledging the concerns with this bill. During the service of the rules committee, Republicans and Democrats offered a number of amendments, some of which were bipartisan. That’s what we’re supposed to do, to work it out through the committee. These amendments have been announced by some of my Democratic colleagues as an example of how we can work together on this issue. Even so, the version that the majority leader can put to a vote does not include amendments that were accepted during markup, despite bipartisan support. For me, this is a clear sign that the majority are not trying to work together in good faith, but rather to enforce a partisan law that will encroach on the ability of states, my state, to guarantee free and fair elections, and at the same time a good one visited election. “

ABOUT THE RULES PROHIBITING STATE ELECTION ID LAWS: “Legislation would strip states of their constitutional authority to conduct elections and allow the federal government to decide what is best. It would ban voter ID laws, which are passed in many states, including mine, that uphold the integrity of the elections in my state and in most other states. “

REGARDING PROVISIONS THAT REQUIRE REGISTRATION ON THE SAME DAY, VOTING: “The bill would also force states to do same-day voter registration, a cumbersome mandate that many states could not meet for dozens of reasons. My condition: Internet connection. Many of our survey sections could not accept same day registration as unfortunately they cannot connect to the larger system to find out if this person is fraudulent or not. It would also require states to mandate the unpopular and dangerous practice of ballot picking that is ripe for fraud. Some states have legalized the collection of ballot papers. Some states have voter registration on the same day. Good for you. Through the constitutional duty of states to hold elections, they have decided what is good for their state. “

ABOUT ONGOING MANDATES THAT ARE DRAWN UP ON THE STATES: Speaking of fraud, this bill would require postal voting and mailboxes, forcing district officials to accept regular no-proof ballot papers submitted in the wrong district. Both leave the door open to electoral fraud. “

REGARDING THE PROHIBITION OF THE WEST VIRIGNIA E-VOTING SYSTEM: “And as if that’s not enough when the law is signed, the West Virginia e-voting system and the like – this is the e-voting system that enables active military personnel stationed overseas to vote securely via your mobile phone. and the legislature has made it possible for people with disabilities to use an e-voting system. This bill would severely restrict this and, in many cases, negate it. That is an extension of the voting rights that this bill would take away. “

TO PROVIDE PUBLIC FUNDING FOR CONGRESSION CAMPAIGNS: “This legislation would allow the government to fund Congressional campaigns, with small donations pooled with federal funds … Senator Cruz said that if his dues were doubled in the first three months of this year, he would receive millions of dollars, over 20 Millions of dollars in public funds for his campaign. “

ON THE PROVISION THAT FORMED THE FEC INTO A PARTISAN COMMISSION: “The bill would also turn the federal electoral commission that oversees our elections and finances, which is now neutral, 3 Democrats, 3 Republicans on the commission as always, into a partisan majority vote … want a political organization to do that [decisions]? Not if we have had a non-partisan FEC for years and enforce our election campaign laws and place them above party politics. “

ABOUT THE ELIGIBILITY OF THE PATIENT STATES TO DRAW CONGRESSION CARDS: “The catastrophe doesn’t stop with the politicization of the FEC. It would also remove the power of states to draw district maps and dictate how you do so. Our states can find out what is best – some of them have commissions, some from the legislature, some from the Supreme Court, we let the states make that decision. “

ON THE COMPLETE INVOICE: “P. 1 is just a partisan seizure of power that contains all sorts of independent, harmful provisions. It deprives states of their power to hold elections. To put it simply, states don’t need the federal government to strip them of their authority and annoying requirements to solve problems that do not exist. And that is exactly what the bill does, and therefore the “For the people’s law“Doesn’t live up to its name.”

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